The books contained here are suitable for a range of young people, starting from Primary School ages and going through to older Secondary school age students. It is essential that educators read the books contained here in advance of using it as a basis for their HMD activities. Educators who are thinking of marking HMD are encouraged to explore our resources for educators.

Educators should be aware that some of the content in novels about HMD issues may raise questions from their students. If you would like to discuss the use of any of the books contained here, please contact the HMDT team by calling 020 7785 7029 or emailing enquiries@hmd.org.uk.

A Song For Cambodia is a picture book for older primary students.  It tells the story of Arn and how he survived the killing fields.  It deals with difficult issues but, with guidance, older primary children will be able to follow Arn on...
A Song for Summer will appeal to students aged 14 and above.  It introduces readers to a cast of colourful characters who work and study at a drama, dance and music school in Austria.  The Nazis are rising to power in neighbouring Germany...
And Tango Makes Three is a true story for primary students about two penguins called Roy and Silo.  They lived with lots of other penguins in a special enclosure in Central Park Zoo, New York.  Roy and Silo were both boys.  They...
And the Violins Stopped Playing tells the story of a Kumpania of Gypsies fleeing from the Nazi regime of hatred.  Following the Mirga family from their safe, musical life in Warsaw and their flight to their homestead of Brest Litovsk, and the...
Annexed is a work of fiction based on the real life story of Anne Frank (http://www.hmd.org.uk/resources/for-young-people/books-for-secondary-students-anne-frank-diary-of-a-young-girl) whose diary is well known across the world.  This novel for...
The Nazis have sent Halina and her mother to live in a ghetto.  She manages to escape when the ghetto is destroyed but her mother’s life is taken.  Halina and Batya, her friend join other Jewish escapees who live in a secret camp in the...
Hitler’s Canary is based on the experiences of Sandi Toksvig’s father and the stories he used to tell her as she was growing up.  It is the tale of Bamse, a nine-year-old boy who lives in Copenhagen with his famous actress mother, set designing...
Written in a similar style to Jacqueline Wilson, I’m So Not a Pop Star cleverly uses a mixture of normal prose and blogs written by the main character Sam.  It is fun and fast-moving with lots of exciting events, like a Day of the Dead...
Emma Bau has been married to Jacob for six weeks but the Jewish newlyweds are torn apart when Poland is invaded.  Jacob is a member of the Resistance and he has to flee fromKrakow, leaving his young wife behind.  Emma must struggle to...
Malka cannot understand what is happening.  Her home is no longer safe.  Children won’t play with her, even though they were once her friends.  Jews are no longer welcome in Lawoczne and people are disappearing after Nazi round-ups....
Set in an alternative reality to the current day, Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses books (there are currently four of them in the series) posits a world divided into two: crosses, the ruling black people, and noughts, white people. Malorie...
Now is set in Australia in 2009, a year of devastating bush fires in Victoria.  These fires form a backdrop to the story of Zelda, the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor.  Zelda knows she has been named after one of her grandfather’s...
Once is dedicated to ‘all the children whose stories have never been told.’  It is 1942 and Felix is weary of living in an orphanage.  He explains how ‘once’ he almost caused a riot because of a carrot, got confused when people made...
Charlotte celebrates her 18th birthday with a spectacular ball in Allenstein, East Prussia, 1939.  About to become engaged to a Count, she has reason to expect a glittering future, secure in the love of her family and friends.  Charlotte...
The book is split between two groups of children, Sally and Billy Thomas in Sheffield, England and Manfred and Hansl in Dachau, Germany during World War Two.  In England, Sally and Billy are investigating the mysterious case of the ‘Blackout...
Alem’s Father is Ethiopian and his mother is Eritrean.  Their countries are at war and Alem is not safe. He is not welcome in Ethiopia because he has Eritrean blood. He cannot live in Eritrea because his Father is from Ethiopia.  His...
This is a picture book for foundation and key stage one students. (Primary One in Scotland) It is a happy book for children inviting them to share a day in the life of Susan.  There is very little text, sometimes only two words to a page....
Tales from the Secret Annexe is a collection of short stories and fictional accounts which were found amongst the papers and Diary of Anne Frank after the discovery and arrest of Anne and her family in Holland in August 1944.  Note to teachers/...
Hassan joins a new school.  He is very sad and does not say very much. He paints a picture of his pet cat and his old house.  Slowly, through the picture, his teacher and classmates begin to understand his story and why he must try to...
The Devil’s Arithmetic has been made into a film, which has a UK 12 certificate.  The content is therefore not suitable for primary students.  It is important to note that the unnamed camp, which plays a major part in the story, is...
Anne Frank was born in Germany on 12 June 1929.  She moved with her family to Amsterdam in 1933 when the Nazis came to power in Germany.  Anne and her family were trapped in The Netherlands when the Nazi invasion began in 1940.  Anne...
Rosa Klein is a young Jewish girl growing up in Berlin in the 1930s.  Her father, Otto, is a successful doctor and her brother and sister enjoy going to school and playing. The story begins as the Nazis start to ban Jews from certain...
Miriam packs a small bag and goes on a journey to the countryside.  Will she remain safe when soldiers come looking for Jewish children?Discussion Questions1.      why is Miriam sent to live in the countryside?2. ...
The Little Boy Star is a picture book which relates the story of a little Jewish boy who lived in Nazi Germany.  He is labelled with a star and marked out as different from other citizens.  Soon nobody sees the little boy himself, they...
In this book the illustrations and the words are equally important.  The author and illustrator worked together after hearing that in many of the death camps the Nazis selected Jewish prisoners and forced them to play in orchestras.  ...
The Search is a graphic novel, translated from the Dutch original.  It has proved popular with teenage readers as it moves at a dramatic pace.  Daniel’s Gran, Esther, visits the Dutch farm where she was hidden from the Nazis.  She...
Ian Serraillier began to write The Silver Sword in 1951, a mere six years after the end of World War Two.  It took five years to research and complete.  Although the characters Serraillier brought to life were fictitious, the story was...
This time our focus is not on a novel but on creative writing of a different kind, a powerful collection of poems written by refugees who escaped the ethnic cleansing of the Bosnian and Croatian conflicts.  Over 75 displaced people contributed...
Then is dedicated to ‘all the children who have to hide.’  Ten year old Felix and six year old Zelda have jumped from a moving train. They have to hide from Nazi soldiers and from civilians who could claim a reward for betraying them. It is...