July 12, 2019

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We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler

By: Russell Freedman
Recommended for grade(s): 6, 7
In his signature eloquent prose, backed up by thorough research, Russell Freedman tells the story of Austrian-born Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie. They belonged to Hitler Youth as young children, but began to doubt the Nazi regime. As older students, the Scholls and a few friends formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Risking imprisonment or even execution, the White Rose members distributed leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government. Their belief that freedom was worth dying for will inspire young readers to stand up for what they believe in. --From the website at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Hans Scholl held his head high and his eyes fixed straight as he stepped forward smarting, marching shoulder to shoulder with his comrades in the Hitler Youth.
  • Blitzcat
    Robert Westall

    Blitzcat

    By: Robert Westall
    Recommended for grade(s): 6, 7

    The Smarties Prize-winning book about one brave cat's experiences during World War II. She made her way down the cliff, and on to the beach. At the edge of the waves, she stopped, shaking her wet paws. She knew that somewhere ahead was her person, but far, far away. She miaowed plaintively; stood staring at the moving blur of uncrossable sea. She led the way to safety, out of the blazing hell of blitzed Coventry. People touched her for luck; feared her as an omen of disaster. Wherever she went, she changed lives. From her beginning to her end she never wavered. She was the Blitzcat. --From the website at Macmillan

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  • The Plot to Kill Hitler
    Patricia McCormick

    The Plot to Kill Hitler

    By: Patricia McCormick
    Recommended for grade(s): 5, 6

    It was April 5, 1943, and the Gestapo would arrive any minute. Dietrich Bonhoeffer had been expecting this day for a long time. He had put his papers in order—and left a few notes specifically for Hitler’s men to see. Two SS agents climbed the stairs and told the boyish-looking Bonhoeffer to come with them. He calmly said good-bye to his parents, put his Bible under his arm, and left. Upstairs there was proof, in his own handwriting, that this quiet young minister was part of a conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler. This compelling, brilliantly researched account includes the remarkable discovery that Bonhoeffer was one of the first people to provide evidence to the Allies that Jews were being deported to death camps. It takes readers from his privileged early childhood to the studies and travel that would introduce him to peace activists around the world—eventually putting this gentle, scholarly pacifist on a deadly course to assassinate one of the most ruthless dictators in history. The Plot to Kill Hitler provides fascinating insights into what makes someone stand up for what’s right when no one else is standing with you. It is a question that every generation must answer again and again. --From the website at HarperCollins

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  • The Book Thief
    Markus Zusak

    The Book Thief

    By: Markus Zusak
    Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10

    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

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  • We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler
    Russell Freedman

    We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler

    By: Russell Freedman
    Recommended for grade(s): 6, 7

    In his signature eloquent prose, backed up by thorough research, Russell Freedman tells the story of Austrian-born Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie. They belonged to Hitler Youth as young children, but began to doubt the Nazi regime. As older students, the Scholls and a few friends formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Risking imprisonment or even execution, the White Rose members distributed leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government. Their belief that freedom was worth dying for will inspire young readers to stand up for what they believe in. --From the website at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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