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By Alexander McCall Smith. 2018
Val Eliot, a young woman working on an English farm during the war, meets Mike, a U.S. Air Force pilot… stationed nearby. When Val rescues a Border Collie named Peter Woodhouse, who is being mistreated by his owner, she realizes the dog would actually be safer with Mike. And so Peter Woodhouse finds a new home on the air force base, and Val finds herself falling in love. Peter Woodhouse becomes Dog First Class, a canine mascot on the base who boldly accompanies the officers on their missions, and Val becomes Mike's fiancée. But then a disaster jeopardizes the future of them all, and Peter Woodhouse brings Ubi, a German corporal, into their orbit, sparking a friendship that comes with great risk but carries with it the richest of rewards. 2018.
By Simon Mawer. 2009
High on a Czechoslovak hill, the Landauer House shines as a wonder of steel and glass and onyx built specially… for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile. But the radiant honesty of 1930 that the house, with its unique Glass Room, seems to engender quickly tarnishes as the storm clouds of WW2 gather, and eventually the family must flee, accompanied by Viktor's lover and her child. But the house's story is far from over, and as it passes from hand to hand, from Czech to Russian. 2009.
By Mary Ann Gibbs. 1973
Victorian romance set in England in 1854. Treated as a poor relation rather than as an adopted daughter, Tabbie accidentally… finds out about her true parents when she meets a wounded soldier while a nurse in the Crimean war. 1975, c1973.
By Robert Flynn. 2009
Sheriff Timpson Smith is the reluctant Korean War hero for the small Texas town of Five Mills, the only survivor… of its Second Platoon. The town has glorified the Platoon, built a statue of Timp, and made him Sheriff; he, in return, has told the town what they wanted to hear about what happened in Korea. But just as he is ready to retire, the truth starts to come out. 2009.
By Janet Tanner. 1992
Twenty years after the 1972 murder of an English playboy, whose mother confessed to the crime, the truth of her… confession is still questioned by family and friends. The mother's granddaughter and the son of her late attorney uncover a story of love, passion, loyalty, and betrayal which began in wartime Jersey during Nazi occupation. 1992.
By Sook Nyul Choi. 1993
In this sequel to "Year of Impossible Goodbyes", Sookan, now fifteen, and her family are again separated, this time by… the Korean War. Fleeing bombs, Sookan, her young brother, and their mother arrive safely in Pusan, but the whereabouts of the men is unknown. Living with other refugees, the family tries to keep up hope. Through the church choir, Sookan meets Junho, with whom she develops a daring friendship. Grades 5-8 and older readers. 1993.
By Henning Mankell. 2006
1914. Swedish naval officer Lars Tobiasson-Svartman is taking soundings for secret channels in the approach to Stockholm. He is attached… to but not a part of a crew; a husband to a wife willingly left behind as he pursues his secret mission. He is also the obsessed seeker of Sara, the lone inhabitant of Halsskär, a desolate and isolated island. 2006. Uniform title: Djup.
By Harry Turtledove. 2004
An alternate-history view of what might have been had the Japanese followed the bombing of Pearl Harbor with a land… invasion and occupied Hawaii. With military personnel in brutal POW camps and civilians under harsh rule, some native Japanese welcome the Rising Sun in Hawaii, but their children, considering themselves American, aren't so sure. The Americans vow to retake the islands, setting the scene for a final showdown that pits manoeuvrable Zero airplanes against American radar. Some descriptions of sex and strong language. Descriptions of violence. 2004.
By John Nichol. 2000
When pilot Jack Griffiths leaves the RAF to join a private military company, Decisive Measures, he hopes to put behind… him the brutal ethnic conflict he witnessed during service. His new job takes him to Sierra Leone where he meets Layla, but their friendship is torn as civil war breaks out. Some descriptions of violence. 2000.
By Len Deighton. 1991
Len Deighton's unfashionable compassion for soldiers and his almost paradoxical hatred of war was the theme of his previous book… "Bomber" (DC30695). Here he expands and develops the idea that the strategies and machines of war push men into dehumanised, machine-like roles with which they are very ill-equipped to cope. A series of literary jump-cuts between actions as far apart as the Punjab and an S.A.C base in Vietnam takes you inside the minds of men facing the bizarre situations which war produces. 1991.
By Iain Lawrence. 2005
In the spring of 1943, sixteen-year-old Kak, desperate to escape his abusive parents, lies about his age to enlist in… the Canadian Air Force and soon finds himself based in England as part of a crew flying bombing raids over Germany. Junior and Senior High. 2005.
By Neal Stephenson. 1999
Epic tale of World War II, cryptography, and high-tech finance. Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse, mathematical genius and Allied codebreaker, joins other… individuals in clandestine encryption operations. Years later, those secrets could liberate or destroy the cybertech revolution. Locus Award. 1999.
By Patrick Sheane Duncan. 1996
His army career stalled by a friendly fire incident in the Gulf War, Lieutenant Colonel Nat Serling is handed the… job of finding out whether a female chopper pilot deserves the Medal of Honor. Serling sorts through conflicting evidence to uncover a truth that could destroy the woman's reputation but save his own career. 1996.
By Kate Mosse. 2011
Set during World War II in the far south of France, this is a powerful, action-packed mystery that reveals the… secrets of the resistance under Nazi occupation. While war blazed in the trenches at the front, back at home a different battle is waged, full of clandestine bravery, treachery and secrets. 2011.
By Ray Rosenbaum. 1995
When World War II ends, Ross Colyer is unable to acquire a regular commission in the service, thanks to a… not-so-friendly U.S. senator. So he starts an air freight company and contracts with the Jewish Relief Fund to assist in the establishment of Jews in Palestine. But he soon learns the Jewish Relief Fund is involved in illegal practices. Sequel to "Hawks." 1995.
By Thomas Keneally. 1979
The Confederates fight, during the American Civil War, in defence of the Southern secession and the right to own slaves.… Through the stories of ordinary people, abandoning their peacetime occupations, the vast fabric of the Civil War comes alive. 1979.
By Sheila Burnford. 1977
By Morley Callaghan. 1977
As he lies dying, Ira Groome returns in memory to the scenes which led to the dramatic change in his… personality. This part of the novel takes place on board a corvette in the north Atlantic during World War II. c1977.
By Michael Dobbs. 2005
Yalta, 4th February, 1945. At the close of war, the three most powerful men on earth gather to thrash out… the details of peace: the cantankerous Winston Churchill, the idealistic but ailing Franklin Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin, perhaps the bloodiest butcher of all time. Over eight days these men will lie, cheat and deceive each other as they struggle to find an agreement and secure their places in history. Meanwhile, as the smoke rises above Europe, a Polish soldier tries to make his way back home. He has cheated death many times but his luck is running out - though he'll still risk everything to find his daughter, missing in the ruins of Warsaw. 2005.
By Irene Dische. 1998
It is the start of the Second World War and Peter is separated from his glamorous and exciting father, to… stay with his grandfather in the Hungarian countryside. Every week Peter's father writes to him and tells of parties, fun and a father's love for his son. But when Peter's grandfather dies, Peter learns the sad truth about his father's absence - and the letters. All he can do is wait for the end of the war - and a surprising new season of happiness. Grades 3-6. 1998.