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Billy Pilgrim has become "unstuck in time" and lives his life in non-sequential bits, cursed (or blessed) to relive his days as a WWII prisoner of war, his marriage, the death of his wife, and his abduction by the Tralfamadorians. Central to Vonnegut's novel is this burning question: How do we find…

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…it is the book that best exemplifies what the genre can produce. Maus II amplifies the literary aspects of Maus I, the first book in Spiegelman's WWII saga, and it is both satiric and heart-wrenching. Picking up where Maus I concludes, this book relates Vladek's horrors at Auschwitz and his eventual…

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This fantastic and relatable text is great for younger readers. Shirley Temple Wong moves to America from China after WWII and has a hard time adjusting. Shirleys innocence is endearing and your students will enjoy following her journey as she acclimates to the new American culture, as well as…

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Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during World War II, A Separate Peace is an intense, highly emotional, brilliant parable detailing the dark side of adolescence through easily accessible themes. The improbable friendship of Gene and Finny resonates with students, who will empathize with…

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This critically acclaimed novel by award-winning author Jane Yolen introduces students to the importance of valuing heritage and understanding history. Through the story of one girl’s unique experience with the Holocaust, students will understand the value of all human life and the dangers of…

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Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curaçao. War has always been a game to him, and he's eager to glimpse it firsthand—until the freighter he and his mother are traveling to the United States on is torpedoed. This exciting coming-of-age novel does touch on…

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An unlikely friendship develops between two boys of the same religion who are quite different from one another as they face the challenges of growing up. Set in a Jewish neighborhood in New York during World War II, The Chosen can be ready by students at almost any level. The plot is straightforward…

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Set in 1943 Denmark during the Nazi occupation, this touching and enlightening Newbery Award winner will elicit strong responses from your younger students. Annmarie's bravery and integrity enable her to help her Jewish friend Ellen escape the Nazi soldiers. Told through the eyes of ten-year-old…

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Farewell to Manzanar, a memoir, details life in an internment camp for Japanese-American citizens during WWII. Whether you are a tenured expert, new to the profession, or somewhere in between, Prestwick House Teaching Units help you teach literature or plays with confidence. Each unit identifies…

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Irene Gut was a mere girl at the beginning of the war. After the Nazis took from her everything she loved, she slowly becomes a member of the Polish resistance, spying on the officers she serves, and ultimately hiding 12 Jews in the home of the Nazi major in whose home she works. This book is a…

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One of the most moving and eloquent documents of the Holocaust, this perennial bestseller relates the story of the Frank family's two years spent in their "Secret Annex" hiding from the Nazis. No unit on coming-of-age literature is complete without this moving tale of a teenage girl learning about…

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