Great teenage reads - world war two

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booksteensandmagazines Mon 21-Jan-13 19:37:13

lljkk - you're right Robert Westall is excellent. His Machine Gunners was derided originally as being unrealistic but in fact he received loads of letters from children who recognised their own experiences in the book and he later used these letters to write another book Children of the Blitz. www.booksteensandmagazines.com/view/the-machine-gunners

lljkk Mon 21-Jan-13 18:06:23

Has no one mentioned Robert Westall books?

GinandJag Mon 21-Jan-13 18:04:19

Young Lions (plus its two sequels) is a great WW2 novel by Andrew Mackay.

The plot is about a successful German landing in the UK, and the subsequent résistance by local teens.

Roseformeplease Mon 21-Jan-13 18:02:35

Last Train from Kummersdorf - brilliant

Phineyj Mon 21-Jan-13 18:01:52

Magorian, sorry!

Phineyj Mon 21-Jan-13 18:01:23

Back Home by Michelle Magoran is very good - realistic about the challenges of returning evacuees.

bruffin Mon 21-Jan-13 17:32:15

The Exeter Blitz by David Rees is good, but not sure if it is still in print.

IndridCold Mon 21-Jan-13 17:20:56

I loved a book called 'Moondrop to Gascony' by Anne-Marie Walters, it's about her true experiences in SOE. I later worked with her younger sister in RL too.

Also, a book called The Resistance by Matthew Cobb has some amazing stories in it and manages to be insightful and amusing as well as quite harrowing in parts.

At the complete other end of the scale, DS (14) is enjoying the Spike Milligan war memoirs at the moment!

booksteensandmagazines Fri 18-Jan-13 15:01:57

For some different stories on WW2 try Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (SOE agent caught in France), the Things We did for Love by Natasha Farrant (French resistance and nazi reprisal based on a true story) and Tamar by Mal Peet (Dutch resistance and SOE officers). Older teens would enjoy the Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard (Japanese prisoner of war). There are some great books out there - thanks for the recommendations. www.booksteensandmagazines.com

Sparrows12 Fri 18-Jan-13 14:42:21

I have just finished an unputdownable book which I had to share with you - called "Agent ZigZag" by Ben Mackintyre (mindblock over spelling his surname) - the true story of M15 double agent Eddie Chapman during the war - a great tale of courage, patriotism, derring do and moral ambivalence. I've passed it to my daughter who is "doing" the Nazis for GCSE - not just because it is about the war but mostly because it is a great read. He has also written "Operation Mincemeat" - about the dead body the British put in the sea with fake ID, successfully fooling the Germans as to which front the battle was going to open up on. I'm going to read that next.

There seems to be a lot of great war fiction out there that is accessible to teenagers - I'm looking forward to CJ Sansom's Dominion - that came out in December - coming out in paper back - it has had great reviews - a "what if" story imagining if the Nazis had occupied Britain and won the war.

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