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YA Literature Remembers Those Who Have Served

This should have published yesterday. GRRRR. *Fist shake at WordPress*

Memorial Day is more than a just a part of a long weekend that signifies the unofficial start to summer vacation. It is a day of remembering the men and women who have died serving our country in war.  In honor of Memorial Day, I thought I would put together a list of teen books about soldiers at war. War is a popular theme in children’s and YA literature and often serves as a backdrop for poignant and heartbreaking stories. This is only a small sampling of titles.

The American Revolution

Chains and Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson.


The Civil War 

Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen and Bull Run by Paul Fleischman.


World War I

Remembrance by Theresa Breslin and Crossing Stones by Helen Frost.


Women of World War II (Because the list of Holocaust, Hitler, and Nazi books are endless and very well-known, I am going the road less travelled.)

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.


Vietnam War

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers and Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt (Vietnam is not the primary story, but the war has a significant impact on the MC’s family)


Afghanistan War

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Iraq War

Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick, While He Was Away by Karen Halvorsen Schreck, and The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt


Do you have a favorite war story?

Happy Reading!