It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist-books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
For more superbly crafted, unique, historical tales, check out the books below.
A Wordsmith's apprentice responsible for safeguarding forbidden language in a neo-medieval world where all but 500 sanctioned words are strictly censored uncovers a sinister plan to suppress all remaining language by robbing everyday citizens of their ability to speak, in a U.S. release of an award-winning book from Ireland.
A story about the power of choosing tolerance by the award-winning author of Does My Head Look Big in This? finds basketball enthusiast Michael attending anti-immigration rallies with his parents until a friendship with a Muslim refugee newcomer from Afghanistan compels him to question his family's politics.
Feeling like her world is falling apart a year after her older sister's accidental death, Hannah becomes hopeful when tormenting bullies finally leave her alone at the same time she finds support from her school counselor and an endearing goofball of a new friend.
When her struggles with anxiety worsen in the aftermath of a family death, Lottie is bequeathed a series of letters from her late aunt, a best-selling author, who leaves instructions to help Lottie overcome her fears and explore her own literary voice
Frantically racing to freedom with thousands of other refugees as Russian forces close in on their homes in East Prussia, Joana, Emilia and Florian meet aboard the doomed Wilhelm Gustloff and are forced to trust each other in order to survive. By the award-winning author of Out of the Easy.
Left alone when her intellectual father is arrested by the Germans during World War II, Anna, a child growing up in occupied Kraków, Poland, finds shelter with a talented illusionist who hides a sinister nature.
When young American pilot Rose Justice is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp, she finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners.
A centennial tribute by the award-winning author of New Found Land recreates events from the fateful tragedy through 24 voices, including an enamored Lebanese refugee, Margaret ("the unsinkable Molly") Brown, the captain who went down with his ship and an ancient iceberg that anticipates the perilous encounter.
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where 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. Based on the author's family.
After her grandfather commits suicide, Tamar inherits a box with a series of clues and coded messages, which leads her to another Tamar, a World War II British spy--a man involved in the terrifying world of resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Holland some fifty years before.
Although he comes from a family of theater people who don't get involved in politics, ten-year-old Bamse and his Jewish friend Anton join Bamse's brother and participate in the Danish Resistance during World War II.
The hardship and cruelty of life in the ghettos of Warsaw during the Nazi occupation of World War II is captured through the eyes of a young Jewish orphan who must use all his wits and courage to survive unimaginable events and circumstances.
While escaping Nazi-invaded Poland for the safety of Hungary with her mother and sister, Malka becomes very ill and must be left behind until her mother can return, but as time passes, Malka learns that she must rely on her own wits, strength, and courage to get her safely through the many dangers ahead.
As her family desperately tries to survive the Great Depression, Harper Flute watches her younger brother, Tin, who has an uncanny ability to dig, as he creates an underground world that he retreats to when tragedy strikes their family, in a powerful coming-of-age novel.