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80th Anniversary of D-Day Landings: Suggested Reads

23 May 2024

Thursday 6 June will mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, and to commemorate this, Miss Carter and our History Leaders have shortlisted a range of relevant books for young people.

The list comprises of reads linked to World War II, and is aimed towards young people aged 11-16.

Check out the list below and the pictures linked to the books below!

1 – Code Name Kingfisher
When Liv finds a secret box from her grandmother’s childhood, she uncovers an extraordinary war-time story of bravery, betrayal and daring defiance. A story that will change Liv and her family forever…

2 – White Bird
To the millions of readers who fell in love with R J Palacio’s Wonder, Julian is best-known as Auggie Pullman’s classroom bully. White Bird reveals a new side to Julian’s story, as Julian discovers the moving and powerful tale of his grandmother, who was hidden from the Nazis as a young Jewish girl in occupied France during the Second World War.

3 – D-Day Dog
Jack can’t wait for the school trip to the D-Day landing beaches. It’s his chance to learn more about the war heroes he has always admired, like his dad, who is a Reserve soldier.
But when his dad is called up to action and things at home spiral out of control, everything Jack believes about war is thrown into question. Finding comfort only in the presence of his loyal dog, Finn, Jack is drawn to the heart-wrenching true story of one particular D-Day paratrooper.

4 – I, Spy
Robyn is assigned to help with the carrier pigeons that take messages to the Allies. But first, she must sign the Official Secrets Act and is ordered not to leave the grounds of the park. While Bletchley is buzzing with people recruited for the war effort and all eyes are on the skies, Robyn becomes convinced that there’s something sinister going on within Bletchley Park itself.

5 – Hero on a Bicycle
Italy, 1944: Florence is occupied by Nazi forces. The Italian resistance movement has not given up hope, though – and neither have 13-year-old Paolo and his sister, Costanza. As their mother is pressured into harboring escaping POWs, Paolo and Costanza each find a part to play in opposing the German forces. Both are desperate to fight the occupation, but what can two siblings – with only a bicycle to help them – do against a whole army?

6 – Code Name Verity
Only in wartime could a stalwart lass from Manchester rub shoulders with a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a special operations executive. When a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France, she is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war. The story begins in ‘Verity’s’ own words, as she writes her account for her captors.