I have been reading some fiction books about the holocaust, and they were all really good and I want to tell you all a little bit about them.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Bruno is a nine year old boy who lives in Berlin, Germany, and his father is a Nazi soldier. One day Adolf Hitler came to their house and told them they had to move. Bruno’s mother doesn’t like the fact that Bruno’s father is a Nazi soldier and they will be living at Auchwitz, so she is always arguing with him and they always yell at eachother. One day Bruno met a boy at a fence (a jew) named Shmuel. Bruno met the boy secretly, he didn’t know much about the war and his fathers job, he thought that the boy played with toys and books like him and every other boy their age. And that is where there journey begins. The movie of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is also really good.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
10 year old Annemarie is German, and her friend Ellen is Jewish, they live in Copenhagen, Denmark where you see Nazis on every corner of every street. Annemaries family tries to help Ellen’s family escape everything that is going on before they could get killed. I enjoyed this book and I think you will enjoy it also.

Once by Morris Gleitzman
Felix is a 10 year old boy who lives at a catholic orphanage. He thinks that his parents are going to come back to get him. One day he got a full carrot in his soup, which is rare, he thinks that somehow it is a sign from his parents. A car arrived at the orphanage one day, he thought it was his parents, but instead it was men in suits and armbands, otherwise known as Nazis. When Felix realized it wasn’t his parents, he thought he would go look for them. So he escaped not knowing it was dangerous, but it was more than just dangerous for a young Jewish boy to be walking about the town. I loved this book because it takes you on Felix’s journey.

Then by Morris Gleitzman
This is the sequel to Once. The lady grabs them both and takes them by the collars, Zelda is blabbering, the lady slaps her across the face. ‘Where is she taking us?’ Felix wonders. ‘Are we going to get killed?’ wonder Zelda. They arrive at a farm, and get thrown into a barn with pigs and chickens. Then the Nazis arrive… I loved this book! You never know what’s going to happen next!

Now by Morris Gleitzman
This is the sequel to Once and Then. Felix is now about 80 years old and has accomplished much in his life. He is taking care of his grand daughter Zelda while her parents are away. Zelda wants to throw her grandpa a surprise birthday party for just him and her. When something happens. Zelda hung up letters in the trees and they all catch on fire. ‘It’s all my fault’ says Zelda. Felix tries to explain that the forest fire is not her fault, and that it is not even to there town yet. Is it her fault? Or is it just a forest fire? I like this book and it is hard to put down!

There is another book called After in the series, that came out this August, I am waiting for the library to have it but you can still get it. My Mom and I are reading The Book Thief, another holocaust book.

(all of these are Amazon associates links. If you click on it and buy a book, we will get part of the money. Which will go to either a tortoise, or a computer.)

Have you read any other books about the Holocaust that you would recommend?

9 thoughts to “Fiction books about the holocaust

  • Elizabeth

    I LOVED Number the Stars! I even wrote a review about it here: http://simplekids.net/book-review-number-the-stars/

    I enjoy studying the Holocaust and reading books about it. You must read The Diary of Anne Frank and when you’re older, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Two of my favorites!

    • Marla Taviano

      I loved your Number the Stars review, and I loooooved Guernsey. I think I read it 3x.

  • Addie

    I was going to recommend The Book Thief but I see you are already reading it – one of my most favorite books. What about The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom? If you havent seen Life is Beautiful, then I would encourage you to watch that as well.

    • Olivia Taviano

      I reserved The Hiding Place at the library. Thanks for recommending it!

  • Ruth

    I love reading/watching info about the holocaust. I second Addie’s suggestion of reading The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. It’s an amazing book. Thanks for sharing all these titles & reviews. I wanna check some out!

  • ellen

    have you read or seen Holes — it was good

  • nicky

    Hi Livi. I follow your moms post and was excited when ahem posted that you girls are going to be using a blog for some school related topics. I look forward to hearing how all 3 of you feel about homeschool later in the year. I want to be able to homeschool my children when I have some.

    I love reading stories about the holocaust, and Number the stars and the diary of Anne Frank are two of my favorite books. I also liked the story Z is for Zacharia (i believe that was a holocaust story as well). I will have to read the other books that you suggested as well.

    I hope you are able to save enough money for that tortoise!

  • Jennifer Griffin

    Thanks for the GREAT suggestions! I will add them to our reading list for Noah!

    • Olivia Taviano

      The Once Then and Now books are some of my favorites! I will be posting more books after I read more.


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