Survivors of the Holocaust: True Stories of Six Extraordinary Children by Kath Shackleton

Survivors of the Holocaust presents the stories of six children who survived the Holocaust.  Reading this graphic novel, you will meet Heinz, Trude, Ruth, Martin, Suzanne, and Arek.  Each shares their memories of being a Jewish child during the Holocaust and what they did to survive this terrible time in our world’s history.

I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall

Jess’s father whom she hasn’t seen since she was four has been located.  Jess has been in foster care since the death of her mom, and she is recovering from her injuries.  She’s getting stronger every day but her leg is still weak and she walks with a limp.  Jess is on her way to Alaska to live with her father.  Her father is a wilderness buff; a guy who loves the wide-open spaces. But when Griff, her dad’s friend who picks her up at the airport and instead flies her to a remote, off-grid location in Canadian wilderness to reconnect with her dad, Jess has second thoughts.  She’s not too thrilled with living with her dad and his dog, Bo.  No school.  No television. No phone.  Just the lake, the cabin, and the great outdoors.  Her dad strikes a deal to take her back to civilization in the summer. In the meantime, he will teach Jess how to survive a winter in their little piece of the Canadian wilderness. Unfortunately, her dad’s past catches up with him, and Jess is must learn to survive on her own in the Canadian wilderness.

Greta’s Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet by Valentina Camerini

This is an unofficial biography of Greta Thunberg who went on a school strike to save the planet.  Very concerned about climate change, Greta is determined to make a difference.  Every Friday, she skips school to strike in front of her country’s parliament building in Stockholm, Sweden.  What began as a solo movement turned into a world movement with the help of social media.  Fridays for Future or  School Strike 4 Climate have millions of followers and members. Greta spoke at the United Nations and was recently named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.

Luba: The Angel of Bergen-Belsen by Luba Tryszynska-Frederick

When Luba finds children 54 abandoned children in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, she decides to rescue them. She brings them back to her barrack to care for them. She convinces the women in her barrack to take the risk to care for and save these children. She manages to find extra food for the children and medicine when needed. This is an amazing true story of a lesser-known heroine of the Holocaust.

Willy and Max: A Holocaust Story by Amy Littlesugar

Willy and Max are friends in Belgium when the Nazis invade.  Max and his father visit Willy’s family on the night they flee Belgium, asking the family to hide a painting. Willy hides the painting, and never sees Max again.  When Willy is an adult, he is contacted by an art curator who found the painting Willy hid. Willy and the curator try to find Max.


Grenade by Alan Gratz

It’s 1945 and the war in the Pacific between the United States and Japan continues.  Hideki lives on the Japanese occupied island of Okinawa.  The Americans are invading. The desperate Japanese soldiers demand that the Okinawan youth help defend the island.  They give Hideki and other Okinawan students two grenades each and direct them to kill the American invaders with one. Private Ray Majors, a young Marine experiencing his first time in combat, lands on an Okinawan beach.  Enemy Japanese soldiers are everywhere, but so are the Okinawan people. Ray and his squad make their way across the island hoping to gain control and move closer to ending World War II.

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

Vera begs her mother to send her to summer sleepover camp.  When her mother finally makes it happen, Vera discovers that Russian camp isn’t everything she thought it would be.  The older girls aren’t very nice. She wants to go home but she can’t. She’s going to have to make the most of it until the summer is over.

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Twinkle Mehra has a dream to be an award-winning film director. She wants to tell stories. Film geek, Sahil Roy, who has had a crush on her since elementary school, encourages Twinkle to enter the Midsummer Night arts festival. He offers to produce her film. Twinkle has had a long-time crush on Sahil’s popular twin brother Neil. She has a secret fantasy that someday Neil will notice her as girlfriend material, and move her from her perceived lower social status in her high school’s popularity rankings. As Twinkle and Sahil begin planning and organizing the film, Twinkle begins having feelings for Sahil. But emails from a secret admirer who signs his correspondence with N complicate matters for Twinkle.