It’s Victory Day here in Russia, a holiday that commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union during World War II. This is a huge holiday: a shut-down-the-city, parades-with-tanks sort of holiday. Since preparations for the celebration began weeks in advance, WWII has been on my mind quite a bit. I thought I would take this opportunity to highlight some YA fiction based during the war. Please keep in mind that there are a lot of titles that fit this description; I’ve selected only a handful and would love to read your additions in the comments.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (2013 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, 2013 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, 2013 Readers’ Choice List, 2013 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults selection, 2013 Teens’ Top Ten nominee)
After her plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France, British spy “Verity” is captured, imprisoned, and forced to confess her mission. She uses these confessions to tell her story, much of which involves her relationship with Maddie, her best friend and the pilot who was flying when the plane crashed.