WW2 - passion - which books in addition to factual books/ 8 yo

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stripes11 Mon 06-Apr-20 20:44:03

We have about 3 factual books about WW2 - are there any fiction books that coudl be connected to WW2 for 8 years old?

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Zodlebud Mon 06-Apr-20 21:02:28

The Machine Gunners.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas if you feel they are ready for it.

Pebble21uk Mon 06-Apr-20 21:04:00

Carrie's War
Goodnight Mr Tom
The War Monkey

Wallabyone Mon 06-Apr-20 21:38:43

Rose Blanche is very good.

Ellmau Mon 06-Apr-20 22:03:48

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 06-Apr-20 22:54:10

Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo. There is also an abridged version of Anne Frank's diary suitable for children.

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 06-Apr-20 22:55:03

Can I also say that Carrie's War was my favourite book aged 8, I read it over and over again.


Bowerbird5 Tue 07-Apr-20 01:58:40

There was a series of Diary books and there was one in this series but I cant remember the title I think the series was My Story.

EugenesAxe Tue 07-Apr-20 02:16:28

My son enjoyed When Hitler Stole... too, around that age. End of the Anne of Green Gables series deals with WW1 rather than 2 but I think provides a very moving and perhaps less seen perspective from the people left behind.

The sequel to Boy, Going Solo, by Roald Dahl chronicles his WW2, and is a great book.

BillieEyeFish Tue 07-Apr-20 19:36:22

The Endless Steppe for WW2 from an Eastern European perspective.

Lazyi Tue 07-Apr-20 19:50:48

The silver sword

Jossina Tue 07-Apr-20 22:58:41

Back Home
Number the Stars


Norestformrz Wed 08-Apr-20 07:18:27

Letters from the Lighthouse Emma Carroll also When we were warriors

KingscoteStaff Wed 08-Apr-20 13:07:59

Morris Gleitzman - Once/Then/After/Now

HasaDigaEebowai Wed 08-Apr-20 13:09:08

Various Michael Morpurgo books are set in World War 2. Adolphus Tips is one that immediately springs to mind.

Witchend Wed 08-Apr-20 19:11:24

Ds was (is) WWII fascinated. He preferred factual books but some of his favourite fiction books on the era included:
Mystery At Witchend
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Various My Story ones
Various Biggles
A Spoonful of Jam and whatever the first one was called.
Goodnight Mr Tom
The Children of Primrose lane
Party Frock
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
Carrie's War
Hitler's Canary
The Adventurous Four
Riddleton Roundabout

He also enjoyed Dad's Army and Allo Allo on DVD.

MrsJakeLovell Wed 08-Apr-20 19:16:58

My son enjoyed the books Sid’s War and The Sandbag Secrets at a similar age.

They are Sparks books for younger readers.

Fruitloopcowabunga Wed 08-Apr-20 19:21:14

Adophus Tips is lovely and age appropriate. Shirley Hughes has written a couple of WW2 books - one is called Whistling in the Dark. The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnett. Wouldn't recommend the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas for an 8-year-old.

Teaandscone Wed 08-Apr-20 19:37:59

“When the Siren Wailed” by Noel Streatfeild

KingscoteStaff Wed 08-Apr-20 19:39:19

Yes Hitler’s Canary - brilliant!

There’s another book - about the size of Rose Blanche - The Lion and the Unicorn?

Medianoche Wed 08-Apr-20 19:46:30

Lots of good ones recommended above, but I’d also add D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer and My Secret War Diary by Marcia Williams (illustrated with postcards and letters etc, so you’d need a physical copy for that one rather than ebook).

Windowboxgardener Sat 11-Apr-20 23:17:09

Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden
Letters from the lighthouse by Emma Carroll

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