Heroes of WWII: A Booklist for Tweens and Teens

World War II is perennially interesting and not just to history buffs! We’ve focused on church history the past couple of years during October, first on the early church and general church history in 2016 and then Reformation church history in 2017. This year, we’re honing in on Christians–and other heroes–during World War II.

Some of the people below came to know the Lord during their experiences in war time. Some risked everything precisely because they already rested in Christ. And some of the stories below are simply interesting stories of people who bravely followed their convictions. May they all be an example to us of ordinary people who stood for their convictions. And may we, like Corrie Ten Boom, trust in our Lord in all things.

Heroes of World War II: A Booklist for Tweens and Teens

Of special note: any story that tries to be “authentic” and “realistic” for a war-time experience, particularly one as brutal as the Holocaust, carries necessary cautions of violence at minimum. Please read reviews to confirm whether a given book sounds like a good fit for the young readers you have in mind!

*indicates starred review; all titles linked to RR reviews, where applicable

Nonfiction: Christians in WWII

Nonfiction: Ordinary Heroes in WWII

Historical Fiction

What are YOUR favorite World War II resources for tweens and teens? Tell us in the comments!

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Betsy is the Managing Editor at Redeemed Reader. When she reads ahead for you, she uses sticky notes instead of book darts and willfully dog ears pages even in library books. Betsy is a fan of George MacDonald, robust book discussions, and the Oxford comma. She lives with her husband and their three children in the beautiful Northwest.


  1. Jamie on October 29, 2018 at 5:14 am

    I have a nine year old son who is very interested in WW2 and has read Bomb! and I Survived: The Nazi Invasion. Thanks so much for compiling this list (I know there are many on the list he’ll want to read), you are an invaluable source for parents.

    • Janie on October 29, 2018 at 7:41 am

      Thanks, Jamie! Your encouragement means the world to us!

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