When the World Was Ours by Liz Kessler

Recommended by Claire McArthur (@clairecmac)

Form and genre: Novel

Length: 300 pages

Summary: A novel in 3 voices, it follows the effects of Hitler’s rise to power on the friendship of Leo, Max and Elsa. Powerful and heartbreaking- similar to The Boy in the Striped PJs.

Age recommendation and challenging content: Year 9 and above. Features graphic depictions of events from the Holocaust.

Notable reasons for recommending this book: Use of the multiple narratives and the treatment of the Holocaust in literature.