Great Books with a World War II Connection

During the second semester, kids in US history class are probably studying World War II.  It’s a great time for English teachers to choose a novel or personal narrative with a history connection for their class to read.  Here are some of my favorites.




Number the Stars  is an interesting choice because of its subject matter about the Danish Resistance.  Also students will enjoy hearing the story from the point of view of a young character, Annemarie, and then also hearing about the slightly older character, Peter, who was a young adult in the novel and an active member of the Resistance.


The Cay  is a great story, too.  Students will recognize that the main character,  Phillip, quickly becomes more mature as he survives the life and death situation in this novel.  They will also see how he comes to appreciate Timothy and all that Timothy does for him.


For a non-fiction and fiction pairing, try one of the two novels paired with a reading from Anne Frank’s diary.


If you are reading either Number the Stars or The Cay, here are some resources that might be helpful.  For more resources about these two novels, including a freebie for each, check out my Novel Study Assignments.


Number the Stars novel study   The Cay Novel Study cover



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One response to “Great Books with a World War II Connection”

  1. Beth says:

    I love all of these books! My kids’ favorite is typically Number the Stars. Thanks for sharing! 😀

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