I recently reviewed Front Lines by Michael Grant; WW2 but with a difference. In Front Lines women in America can enlist in the armed forces. It was an interesting book, in part because it made me think about what might have been and in part because I learnt so much about World War 2. I love history and there is nothing like a well written and well researched story to bring history to life – the best way to learn new things without even realising you are doing it.
So what other books would I recommend? I have picked my favourites but if you want to check out all my reviews on historical YA fiction then check out this link for books set in the past and this link for books set in the near past.
The Disgrace of Kitty Grey by Mary Hooper – life at the time of the Regency period.
All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls – the plague and how it affected ordinary families
Bog Child by Siobhan Down – the IRA hunger strikes.
Second World War
Once series by Morris Gleitzman – WW2 through the eyes of a child. So many WW2 books are about soldiers and fighting. This series is a refreshing, albeit heartbreaking, view of the war.
Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire by Elzabeth Wein – Women in WW2. Fantastic books.
First World War
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus – WW1 and dogs working with the army.
Stay Where You Are Then Leave by John Boyne – WW1 but through the eyes of a young boy at home: understanding the impact of wars on the civilian population is important.
The Prince Who Walked with Lions by Elizabeth Laird – the last Prince of Abyssinia. Fascinating.
A Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master – partition in India and what it meant for local communities.
A World Between Us by Lydia Syson – the Spanish Civil War.
Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Nigeria and Biafra. A fascinating read.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys – the deportation of Lithuanian Jews to Siberia pre WW2: a real eye opener.
Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman – a black female disguises herself and joins the US army at the time of the US civil war. Based on a true story.