Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
This amazing book about how the Danish people bravely smuggled thousands of their Jewish friends and neighbors into Swedish, right under the noses of the Nazis who occupied their country, is all the more thrilling because it's true! Though the main characters are fictional (a composite of real people) the events actually took place.
I love that the author doesn't talk down to her reader in this children's book. She is straight forward and honest about the events that took place, but not graphic in recounting the horrors. The book is only 137 pages, including an afterword specifying which parts are fictionalized, but that's as long as it takes for the reader to see the whole picture. Though the story ends satisfactorily (we all know the Nazis are eventually defeated) we are left longing and hoping for that future happy ending.
Recommended for ages 10 and up