Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Introducing War

War can bring out the best and worst in people. It can create opportunities to create and invent. And it destroys lives and countries.

Although wars can be fought miles and miles away, the impact can be felt any where. The impact on a family if a loved one doesn’t return or, many times, if they do. Those who leave for war never return – their body may do, but their inner-self will be forever changed.

These books – both fiction and non-fiction – look at many aspects of war – and many different wars through history:


  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
  • Ghosts of war: the true story of a 19-year-old GI by Ryan Smithson
  • Red moon at Sharpsburg by Rosemary Wells
  • Disguised: a wartime memoir by Rita la Fontaine de Clercq Zub
  • Red leader down by Ken Catran
  • Wheels of war by Sally Prue
  • When the Hipchicks went to war by Pamela Rushby
  • Match of death by James Riordan
  • The bite of the mango by Mariatu Kamara
  • The Winter War by William Durbin
  • Emil and Karl by Yankev Glatshteyn; translated by Jeffrey Shandler
  • Crusade by Elizabeth Laird
  • Anya's war by Andrea Alban
  • An innocent soldier by Josef Holub; translated by Michael Hofmann
  • Kipling's choice by Geert Spillebeen; translated by Terese Edelstein
  • Sweet clarinet by James Riordan
  • When my name was Keoko by Linda Sue Park
  • Refugee boy by Benjamin Zephaniah
  • Gulf by Robert Westall
  • Mare's war by Tanita S. Davis
  • The disappeared by Gloria Whelan
  • When the war came home by Sarah Ell
  • Annie, between the states by L.M. Elliott
  • The Merrybegot by Julie Hearn
  • Badd by Tim Tharp
  • Resistance [graphic novel] bk 1 by Carla Jablonski; illustrated by Leland Purvis ; color by Hilary Sycamore
  • Tasting the sky: a Palestinian childhood by Ibtisam Barakat
  • The champion by Maurice Gee
  • Deogratias [graphic novel]: a tale of Rwanda by Stassen; translated by Alexis Siegel
  • The mangrove summer by Jack Lasenby
  • Hostage to war: a true story by Tatjana Wassiljewa
  • Dark hours by Gudrun Pausewang; translated by John Brownjohn
  • Sunrise over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
  • Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
  • Useful fools by C.A. Schmidt
  • Child of dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji
  • The lost crown by Sarah Miller
  • When the guns fall silent, followed by War song by James Riordan
  • The book of the lion by Michael Cadnum
  • In the shadow of the lamp by Susanne Dunlap
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • Tamar by Mal Peet
  • Blood red, snow white by Marcus Sedgwick
  • Kensuke's kingdom by Michael Morpurgo; with illustrations by Michael Foreman New Zealand author Ken Catran follows a fictional family through generations and wars:
  • Jacko Moran: sniper
  • Robert Moran: private
  • Jimmy Moran: regular
  • Teresa Moran, solider

  • Also check out our list of World War One books.


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