Stories about teens during wartime.

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Mare's War
Tanita S. Davis

HIST TEEN DAVIS

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women’s Army Corps.


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Anastasia's Secret
Susanne Dunlap

HIST TEEN DUNLAP

Exiled to Siberia when the Bolsheviks seize control, young Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, the daughter of Russia’s ill-fated last tsar, falls in love with a sympathetic young guard she hopes will save her family from execution.


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The Winter War: A Novel
William Durbin

HIST TEEN DURBIN

After the Russians invade Finland, Marko volunteers to be a messenger, delivering his packages on skis in the dark of night. When he discovers his fellow messenger friend, Karl, is a girl dressed in disguise who is working as a guerilla to revenge her slaughtered family, the job becomes more dangerous than ever.


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Warriors in the Crossfire
Nancy Bo Flood

HIST TEEN FLOOD

Joseph and his half-Japanese cousin are forced to experience the horrors of World War II while having to take responsibility for the survival of their families during the invasion


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Crossing Stones
Helen Frost

HIST TEEN FROST

When the boy she grew up with enlists to fight in World War I and her brother soon follows, 18-year-old Muriel’s life is thrown into turmoil as she struggles to support those she loves and do what is expected of her while finding her own path in the world as an activist for women’s suffrage.


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Back Home
Julia Keller

TEEN KELLER

Thirteen-year-old Rachel Browning understands that her father will be different after being injured in the Iraq War, but no one is prepared for the impact that his traumatic brain injury and other wounds have on the entire family.


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Soldier's Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson
Sheila Solomon Klass

HIST TEEN KLASS

During the Revolutionary War, a young woman named Deborah Sampson, disguising herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army, lives a life full of danger, adventure, and intrigue.


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Stones for My Father
Trilby Kent

HIST TEEN KENT

Corlie Roux, an Africaner from the Transvaal, copes with many changes after her father dies, war breaks out with the British, and she and the mother who clearly prefers her brothers escape to the bush only to be sent to a concentration camp.


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Two Girls of Gettysburg
Lisa Klein

HIST TEEN KLEIN

When the Civil War breaks out, two cousins, Lizzie and Rosanna, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict until the war reunites them in the town of Gettysburg.


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Rock 'n' Roll Soldier: A Memoir
Dean Ellis Kohler,Susan Vanhecke

BIOGRAPHY KOHLER

Describes how a young soldier forms a touring rock band and cuts a record in the midst of the Vietnam War.


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Freefall
Anna Levine

TEEN LEVINE

As war between Israel and Lebanon breaks out in 2006 and her compulsory service in the Israeli army draws near, eighteen-year-old Abigail Jacobs considers joining an elite female combat unit.


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Sunrise Over Fallujah
Walter Dean Myers

TEEN MYERS

Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him.


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Purple Heart
Patricia Mccormick

TEEN MCCORMICK

While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali.


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Woods Runner
Gary Paulsen

HIST TEEN PAULSEN

From his 1776 Pennsylvania homestead, thirteen-year-old Samuel, who is a highly-skilled woodsman, sets out toward New York City to rescue his parents from the band of British soldiers and Indians who kidnapped them after slaughtering most of their community.


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The Things a Brother Knows
Dana Reinhardt

TEEN REINHARDT

Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.


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The Family Greene
Ann Rinaldi

HIST TEEN RINALDI

Infuriated by rumors that discredit her hard-working mother’s reputation as an entertainer of Valley Forge troops, Cornelia Greene is shocked to learn that she may not be biologically related to her adored father and makes unexpected discoveries while searching for answers.


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The Last Full Measure
Ann Rinaldi

HIST TEEN RINALDI

In 1863 Pennsylvania, fourteen-year-old Tacy faces the horrors of the Battle of Gettysburg while trying to stay out of the way of her brother David, who is in charge while their father serves as a doctor in the Union army, and to keep her friend Marvelous, a free Black, safe from rebel soldiers.


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Between Shades of Gray
Ruta Sepetys

HIST TEEN SEPETYS

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia. Her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil.


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Flygirl
Sherri L. Smith

HIST TEEN SMITH

Dreaming of being a pilot her whole life, Ida Mae Jones sees her chance during World War II, but she cannot be accepted into the WASP because she is black, forcing Ida Mae to choose between her racial heritage and chasing her dream.


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Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI
Ryan Smithson

HISTORY MILITARY MIDEAST SMI

Ryan Smithson joined the Army Reserve when he was seventeen. Two years later, he was deployed to Iraq as an Army engineer. In this extraordinary and harrowing memoir, readers march along one GI’s tour of duty. It will change the way you feel about what it means to be an American.


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Chanda's Wars
Allan Stratton

TEEN STRATTON

After her brother and sister are kidnapped by a brutal cult and taken away to the bush for training as child soldiers of the Rwandan genocide, Chanda is resolute in her decision to risk her own life and freedom in order to bring them back to their rightful home.


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Badd
Tim Tharp

TEEN THARP

A teenaged girl’s beloved brother returns home from the Iraq War completely unlike the person she remembers.


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Daughter of War
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

HIST TEEN SKRYPUCH

Armenian Marta disguises herself as a Muslim to escape genocide in Turkey, and must now locate her sister and fiance who may have also hidden their true identities.


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