Another winner from Alan Gratz: action, intrigue, and real live history.
Recommended grade level: 5-8
Pages: 320 (for ISBN 9780545880169)
Genre(s) and keywords: historical fiction, action/thriller, international (Germany)
Topics: World War II, spies, Irish people, phobias
Themes: deception, sacrifice, reasons for evil, Do the ends justify the means?
Summary: World War II is raging. Michael O’Shaunessey, the son of the Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany, lives in war-torn Berlin with his parents. Like the other boys at his school, Michael is a member of the Hitler Youth. But Michael has a secret:
He and his parents are spies.
Spy girl falls for normal guy. What could possibly go wrong?
Recommended grade level: 7-10
Pages: 284 (for ISBN 9781423100034)
Genre(s) and keywords: adventure, spy, romance, humor, chick lit
Tone/Style: conspiratorial, humorous
Topics: spies, illicit romance, boarding schools
Themes: deception, desire for romance, desire to be normal
Summary: The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school teaches advanced martial arts in PE, chemistry always consists of the latest in chemical warfare, and everyone breaks CIA codes for extra credit in computer class. So in truth, while the Gallagher Academy might say it’s a school for geniuses what they really mean is spies. But what happens when a Gallagher Girl falls for a boy who doesn’t have a code name? Continue reading
This WWII fiction draws students’ attention to the resistance against Nazi rule in Norway.
Recommended grade level: 6-10
Pages: 304 (for ISBN 9781419704246)
Genre(s) and keywords: historical fiction, adventure, international, Europe (Norway)
Tone/Style: danger-filled, exciting
Topics: World War II, Norway, spies, skiing
Themes: resistance, courage, treachery
Summary: Fourteen-year-old Espen and his friends are swept up in the resistance movement in Nazi occupied Norway. He gets his start delivering illegal newspapers, then graduates to the role of courier, and finally becomes a spy, dodging the Gestapo along the way. Continue reading