Holocaust Memorial Day (teens)
To mark Holocaust Memorial Day and the liberation of Auschwitz, here is a poignant booklist that should hopefully help explain and inform teenage readers about the events surrounding the Holocaust.
Author: John Boyne
Publisher: Random House
Bruno is exploring his new home at 'Out-With' when he meets Shmuel, who lives on the other side of a fence which surrounds a large camp in the grounds.
Author: Art Spiegelman
This is the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe.
Author: Sharon Dogar
Publisher: Andersen Press
This fictionalised account of Peter (a teenage Dutch Jew, hiding from the Nazis with his family and their friends, the Franks) is a meditation on the power of written testimony and the nature of evil.
Publisher: Troika Books
Lili Petalo is a trapeze artist in her family's circus. Max Hartmann is a member of the Hitler Youth, about to be recruited into the German Army.
Author: Lucy Adlington
It’s Ella’s job in the camp, where everyone must either work or be killed, to make beautiful clothes for the wives of Nazi officers and female guards. The Red Ribbon is a moving story of friendship, kindness and heroism under impossible circumstances.
Author: Marianne Curley
Ebony has never understood why her parents are so overprotective. But sneaking out to a night club with friends has consequences more frightening than she could ever imagine.
Based on true events, this first-person narrative tells the story of the Jews of Riga during World War II. Engaging, harrowing and thought-provoking, this is a story that should not be forgotten.
Author: Markus Zusak
Publisher: Black Swan
A powerful story narrated by Death, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery
Author: Jerry Spinelli
Publisher: Laurel Leaf Library
This incredible book explores a horrific area of recent history in a totally unsentimental way. A masterpiece!