Novels with a wartime setting can give younger readers an appreciation of the complex issues involved in war and conflict. They can provide insight into the personal impact of warfare that isn't necessarily conveyed so easily through non-fiction texts. The following books have settings that relate to specific historical events and conflict in general. They are suitable for children in upper primary and early high school years.

   
Light Horse Boy by Dianne Wolfer and Brian Simmonds, Fremantle Press, $26.99, 9781922089137 (KBR review here)
Lighthouse Girl by Dianne Wolfer and Brian Simmonds, Fremantle Press, $19.95, 9781921696572

 
Evan's Gallipoli by Kerry Greenwood, Allen & Unwin, $15.99, 9781743311356 (KBR review here)

 
Through My Eyes series. (Find out more at the Through My Eyes website)

Shahana by Roseanne Hawke, Allen & Unwin, $15.99, 9781743312469 (KBR review here)
Amina by J L Powers, Allen & Unwin, $15.99, 9781743312490 (KBR review here)
Naveed by John Heffernan, Allen & Unwin, $15.99, 9781743312483 (KBR review here)

 
To Brave the Seas: A Boy at War by David McRobbie, Allen & Unwin, $15.99, 9781743313077 (KBR review here)

 
Heroes of Tobruk (My Australian Story) by David Mulligan, Scholastic, $16.99, 9781742833224
Angels of Kokoda bt David Mulligan, Lothian Children's Books, $17.99, 9780734408495

Tank Boys by Stephen Dando-Collins, Random House, $17.99, 9780857981301 (KBR review here)

Caesar the War Dog by Stephen Dando-Collins, Random House, $16.99, 9781742756318
Operation Blue Dragon (Caesar the War Dog #2) by Stephen Dando-Collins, Random House, $16.99, 9780857980533
Operation Pink Elephant (Caesar the War Dog #3) by Stephen Dando-Collins, Random House, $16.99, 9780857981684

 
The Donkey Who Carried the Wounded by Jackie French, HarperCollins, $14.99, 9780732288396

 
Battlefield by Alan Tucker, Scholastic, $16.99, 9781741695519

 
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, Vintage Children's Classic, $12.99, 9780099572862 (KBR review here)

 
Hitler's Daughter by Jackie French, HarperCollins, $15.99, 9780007122721
Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French, HarperCollins, $15.99, 9780732292096

 
 
My Father's War (My Australian Story) by Sophie Masson, Scholastic, $16.99, 9781741698282
Gallipoli (My Australian Story) by Alan Tucker, Scholastic, $16.99, 9781742836935
The Bombing of Darwin (My Australian Story) by Alan Tucker, Scholastic, $16.99, 9781741697308
Kokoda (My Australian Story) by Alan Tucker, Scholastic, $16.99, 9781743622056

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