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  1. 1.4 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    In one of the darkest periods in history, one boy struggles to survive… In this gripping new addition to the bestselling I Survived series, a young Jewish boy joins the resistance “partisan” fighters outside the Warsaw ghetto. Does he have what it takes to survive the Nazis—and fight back?

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  2. 1.4 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Does Henry have what it takes to survive the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil? The Civil War comes to life for I Survived readers! The I Survived series is a runaway success with even the most reluctant readers. With its nonstop action and kids’-eye view of history’s most terrifying events, the books draw readers in and don’t let them go until the last page! In 1863, the Civil War is raging throughout the country. Eleven-year-old Henry has been on the sidelines so far—but the events of a hot July week in Pennsylvania are about to change his life forever. Does he have what it takes to survive the Battle of Gettysburg?

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  3. 5.2 hrs • 6/23/2016 • Unabridged

    After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Eddy Okubo, a Japanese American teenager, is more determined than ever to prove his loyalty and worth as an American soldier. Graham Salisbury poignantly pens the historically accurate but fictional account of the special mission given to 26 Japanese American soldiers in the midst of WWII and a young man’s struggle between heritage and patriotism.

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    Eyes of the Emperor

    5.2 hrs • 6/23/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 6.3 hrs • 3/24/2016 • Unabridged

    Ten-year-old Johnny's toymaker father has volunteered for service in the British Army of World War I. At first, his spirits are high as he completes basic training, but his tone becomes grim once he reaches the front. To ease his son's worries, Johnny's dad carves him little figurines that reflect his experiences in the war. Comprised of letters from his father, followed by Johhny's feelings, Lord of the Nutcracker Men is a haunting and poignant tale. Author Iain Lawrence has written numerous books for young adults, including Ghost Boy and The Smugglers.

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    Lord of the Nutcracker Men

    6.3 hrs • 3/24/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 1.2 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Seventy years later, Pearl Harbor comes to life for a new generation of listeners! History’s most terrifying moments are brought vividly to life in the action-packed fictional I Survived series! Do you have what it takes to survive … the bombing of Pearl Harbor? Eleven-year-old Danny Crane is alone on his favorite beach in Hawaii when the world is torn apart and World War II officially hits the United States. Does he have what it takes to find his way home in the midst of the bombs, the smoke, and the destruction of the day that will live in infamy?

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  6. 8.8 hrs • 2/2/2016 • Unabridged

    The author of the New York Times bestseller Between Shades of Gray returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war’s most devastating—yet unknown—tragedies. In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. Told in alternating points of view, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff—the greatest maritime disaster in history. As she did in Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war and proves that humanity can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.

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    Salt to the Sea

    8.8 hrs • 2/2/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 6.5 hrs • 1/26/2016 • Unabridged

    Kraków, 1939. A million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. This is no place to grow up. Anna Łania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. She’s alone. And then Anna meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve. And when the soldiers in the streets look at him, they see what he wants them to see. The Swallow Man is not Anna’s father—she knows that very well—but she also knows that, like her father, he’s in danger of being taken, and like her father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced. She follows him into the wilderness. Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgment, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous. Even the Swallow Man. Destined to become a classic, Gavriel Savit’s stunning debut reveals life’s hardest lessons while celebrating its miraculous possibilities.

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    Anna and the Swallow Man

    6.5 hrs • 1/26/16 • Unabridged
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    11.9 hrs • 1/26/2016 • Unabridged

    Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Code Name Verity, New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant unleashes an epic, genre-bending, and transformative new series that reimagines World War II with girl soldiers fighting on the front lines. World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany. Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For the first time they leave behind their homes and families—to go to war. These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.

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    Front Lines

    11.9 hrs • 1/26/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 5.9 hrs • 12/21/2015 • Unabridged

    Throughout World War II, in the conflict fought against Japan, Navajo code talkers were a crucial part of the US effort, sending messages back and forth in an unbreakable code that used their native language. They braved some of the heaviest fighting of the war, and with their code, they saved countless American lives. Yet their story remained classified for more than twenty years. But now Joseph Bruchac brings their stories to life for young adults through the riveting fictional tale of Ned Begay, a sixteen-year-old Navajo boy who becomes a code talker. His grueling journey is eye-opening and inspiring. This deeply affecting novel honors all of those young men, like Ned, who dared to serve, and it honors the culture and language of the Navajo Indians.

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    Code Talker

    5.9 hrs • 12/21/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 3.7 hrs • 8/20/2015 • Unabridged

    World War II is on everyone’s mind and in every headline, and Howie Crispers has a hunch that his school principal is a spy. With a little snooping around, Howie finds out something even more alarming. Principal Lomister may not be a spy, but he is plotting to get rid of Howie’s favorite teacher. Howie’s dad is fighting Nazis overseas, and his mom is working hard to support the war effort, so Miss Gossim is the only person Howie can depend on. With the help of his friends, and a plan worthy of radio show superhero Captain Midnight, Howie intends to save Miss Gossim!

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    Don’t You Know There’s a War On?

    By Avi
    Read by Nick Landrum
    3.7 hrs • 8/20/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 4.3 hrs • 8/20/2015 • Unabridged

    The winner of the Scott O’Dell Award, The Bomb is a powerful history lesson and a gripping tale of suspense that no listener will ever forget. In 1946, sixteen-year-old Sorry Rinamu watches as US Navy warships appear off the coast of Bikini Island. The US Government wants to test the deadly power of the atomic bomb—and Sorry’s island has been chosen as the test site. The young man knows he must stop the Americans from dropping the bomb—even if it means defying orders from the US Government and risking his own life.

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    The Bomb

    4.3 hrs • 8/20/15 • Unabridged
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  12. 3.9 hrs • 8/4/2015 • Unabridged

    Cold War anxieties play out in a sensitively told story set during the Cuban missile crisis in the 1960s, perfect for fans of Gary Schmidt and Kristin Levine. Joanna can’t get over how her brother broke his promise to never leave like their dad did. Sam is thousands of miles away on a navy ship, and no matter how often he sends letters, Joanna refuses to write back. When she makes a promise, she keeps it. But then President Kennedy comes on TV with frightening news about Soviet missiles in Cuba—and that’s where Sam’s heading. Suddenly Joanna’s worries about being home alone, building up the courage to talk to a cute boy, and not being allowed to go to the first boy-girl party in her grade don’t seem so important. Maybe sometimes there are good reasons to break a promise. The tense timeline of the Cuban missile crisis unfolds alongside a powerful, and ultimately hopeful, story about what it means to grow up in a world full of uncertainty.

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    Cold War on Maplewood Street

    3.9 hrs • 8/4/15 • Unabridged
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  13. 8.4 hrs • 7/23/2015 • Unabridged

    Iain Lawrence is the bestselling author of such heralded books for young readers as Lord of the Nutcracker Men, which broached the complicated subject of human experience in war. His novels have been chosen as Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal on more than one occasion. Lawrence again contemplates war in this novel set in 1943 England. Sixteen-year-old Kak escaped his abusive family in Canada to join the Canadian Air Force. Now a crewman aboard a night-flying bomber bound for Germany, Kak learns of the terror and violence of war firsthand.

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    B for Buster

    8.4 hrs • 7/23/15 • Unabridged
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  14. 11.2 hrs • 4/21/2015 • Unabridged

    In this thrilling sequel to Prisoner of Night and Fog, Gretchen and Daniel must uncover dark secrets and revisit old enemies to unravel a dangerous conspiracy. In 1930s Oxford, the days are long and pleasant, the people simple and straightforward. Except for one. The girl known as Gretchen Whitestone has a secret: she used to be part of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. More than a year after she made an enemy of her old family friend and fled Munich, she lives with a kindly English family and is preparing to graduate from high school. Her love, Daniel Cohen, is a reporter in town. For the first time in her life, Gretchen is content. But when Daniel gets a telegram that sends him back to Germany, Gretchen’s world turns upside down. And when she receives word that Daniel is wanted for murder, she has to face the danger she thought she’d escaped—and return to her homeland. Gretchen must do everything she can to avoid capture, even though saving Daniel will mean consorting with her former friends, the Nazi elite. And as they work to clear Daniel’s name, Gretchen and Daniel discover a deadly conspiracy stretching from the slums of Berlin to the Reichstag itself. Can they dig up the explosive truth and get out in time—or will Hitler discover them first?

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    Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke

    11.2 hrs • 4/21/15 • Unabridged
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  15. 6.4 hrs • 4/14/2015 • Unabridged

    In this powerful collection, eleven internationally acclaimed fiction writers draw on personal objects to bring the First World War to life for readers of all ages. A toy soldier, a butter dish, and a compass—mundane objects, perhaps, but to the remarkable authors in this collection, artifacts such as these have inspired stories that go to the heart of the human experience of World War I. Each author was invited to choose an object that had a connection to the war—a writing kit for David Almond, a helmet for Michael Morpurgo—and use it as the inspiration for an original short story. What results is an extraordinary collection. A blend of fiction and real-life events, this unique anthology provides young readers with a personal window into the Great War and the people affected by it, and it serves as an invaluable resource for families and teachers alike.

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    The Great War

    With stories by various authors
    6.4 hrs • 4/14/15 • Unabridged
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  16. 4.4 hrs • 2/17/2015 • Unabridged

    From National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick comes a visceral and compelling portrait of life in a war zone where loyalty is valued above all and death is terrifyingly commonplace. When Private Matt Duffy wakes up in an army hospital in Iraq, he’s honored with a Purple Heart. But he doesn’t feel like a hero. There’s a memory that haunts him: an image of a young Iraqi boy as a bullet hits his chest. Matt can’t shake the feeling that he was somehow involved in his death. But because of a head injury he sustained just moments after the boy was shot, Matt can’t quite put all the pieces together. Eventually Matt is sent back into combat with his squad—Justin, Wolf, and Charlene—the soldiers who have become his family during his time in Iraq. He just wants to go back to being the soldier he once was, but he sees potential threats everywhere and lives in fear of not being able to pull the trigger when the time comes. In combat there is no black and white, and Matt soon discovers that the notion of who is truly guilty is very complicated indeed.

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    Purple Heart

    4.4 hrs • 2/17/15 • Unabridged
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