Monday 13 August 2012

Holocaust Literature for Teens

Below is a list if books that have the Holocaust as their main theme. 
These books are suitable for teen readers (12+)

After by Morris Gleitzman

Anne Frank's Diary by Anne Frank  (R)

Annexed by Sharon Dogar

Auslander by Paul Dowswell

The Boy in the Striped Pyjama's by John Boyne  (R)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak  (R)

The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up In the Holocaust by Livia Bitton-Jackson

Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli

Night by Elie Wiesel  (R)

Once, Then and Now by Morris Gleitzman

Run, Boy, Run by Uri Orlev

The Wrong Boy by Suzy Zail

(R) read pre-blogging

These are just a few titles that I remember from my childhood plus new ones I've discovered since writing this blog.

If you know of any other books that I should add to this list, please leave a comment (and a link to your review if you have one) to let me know.

Please also check out my posts for Holocaust Literature for Adults and for Younger Readers.


  1. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen was one I read in primary school and remember loving. I'm fairly sure it had something to do with sleeping beauty and the holocaust. Maybe.

  2. Related to Holocaust because it is persecution but maybe more for adults than for teens: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks and Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier.

    They are both well written and full of vivid emotions.

    I thought the story of The Book Thief was superb and seemed so simple but very strong. I have read Night and trying to finish Anne Frank's Diary..

    1. I've read Anne Frank's Diary a few times now, each time, I race through it...until the last third or so...then I start dawdling, lay it aside for later etc.

      I finally realised that, knowing how the diary ends, I somehow felt culpable by reading to the end. If I stop reading, then maybe I could believe that Anne and her family all survived....

  3. I do a bit better with this list- I've read two! The Book Thief and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Both excellent reads of course. Often I have to psych myself up for a Holocaust read. They're not easy are they?

    1. Very true, but I find myself almost compulsively returning to the topic. I seem to be on this lifelong search to understand man's inhumanity to man!


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