Ruins of Castle Hanstein near Bornhagen, Germany

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Vietnam War protestors demonstrate - Wichita, KS, 1967.

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Solingen, Germany after the bombing, November 1944. - Stadtarchiv Solingen

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My grandmother Grete with her sisters in the early 1920s in Germany.

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B17 Bomber above German Airfield in WWII

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Books

Thank you for your interest in my books. I specialize in historical novels for adults and teens. Some are based on true stories and real people, all include historical figures and events. What I strive to do is write stories full of mystery, action and adventure set in a different time. All serve the purpose of illuminating history. For more details, please select a book:

WWII book cover by annette oppenlanderWhen They Made Us Leave: A Novel about Hitler’s Mass Evacuation Program for Children

To follow the huge demand for strong WWII history novels, I researched the traumatic and life-changing evacuation program during Hitler’s Third Reich that affected an estimated two million German children. This story is based on true-life accounts of survivors that were recorded in numerous books.

Explores themes of war, children of war, the evacuation program (Kinderlandverschickung), survival and hope, German history between 1943 and 1945

Perfect for

  • Fans of Historical Fiction
  • War and Survival Stories
  • Children and War
  • Fans of WWII History
  • Students 7th grade and up

title of WWII bookVaterland, wo bist Du? Roman nach einer wahren Geschichte

This is the German translation of SURVIVING THE FATHERLAND, the award-winning WWII biographical novel.

Spanning thirteen years from 1940 to 1953 and set against the epic panorama of WWII, SURVIVING THE FATHERLAND is a sweeping saga of family, love, and betrayal that illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the children’s war.

Explores themes of war, children of war, betrayal and forgiveness, survival and hope

Perfect for

  • Fans of Historical Fiction
  • War and Survival Stories
  • Boys and War
  • Fans of WWII History
  • Students 

cover imageWhere the Night Never Ends: A Prohibition Era Novel

A first attempt at historical romance though with an emphasis on history rather than romance, A WHERE THE NIGHT NEVER ENDS takes place during the prohibition or what many consider the ‘roaring twenties’ and tells the story of two very different people: Sam, a penniless young woman and Paul, a hobo with a secretive past.

Explores themes of prohibition, bootlegging, love, friendship, survival, hobo life, the driving forces of the human spirit to find a home and settle

Perfect for

  • Fans of Historical Fiction
  • 1920s, Prohibition and U.S. History
  • Fans of Historical Romance 
  • Students

book cover image of everything we lose by annette oppenlanderEverything We Lose: A Civil War Novel of Hope, Courage and Redemption

Written from the alternating viewpoints of a farm boy and his best friend, a slave, EVERYTHING WE LOSE is a historical tale set against the epic backdrop of the American Civil War–a breathtaking examination of the power of hope and friendship, and the endurance of the human spirit to find a way home.

Explores themes of war (Civil War), slavery, Underground Railroad, friendship, survival, the importance of home and family

Perfect for

  • Fans of Historical Fiction
  • War and Survival Stories
  • Boys and War
  • Fans of the American Civil War
  • Students

book cover surviving the fatherland by annette oppenlanderSurviving the Fatherland: A True Coming-of-age Love Story Set in WWII  

Spanning thirteen years from 1940 to 1953 and set against the epic panorama of WWII, SURVIVING THE FATHERLAND is a sweeping saga of family, love, and betrayal that illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the children’s war.

Explores themes of war, children of war, betrayal and forgiveness, survival and hope

Perfect for

  • Fans of Historical Fiction
  • War and Survival Stories
  • Boys and War
  • Fans of WWII history
  • Students 

cover image for novelette 47 Days47 DAYS: The True Story of Two Teen Boys Defying Hitler’s Reich 

47 DAYS tells the true story of Günter and Helmut, best friends, who dared to defy and disobey. It is a novelette, an excerpt from SURVIVING THE FATHERLAND.

Explores themes of war, obedience versus defiance, boys and war, survival and hope

Perfect for 

  • Fans of Historical Fiction
  • War and Survival Stories
  • Boys and War
  • Fans of WWII History
  • Students

a different truth book cover

A Different Truth – Historical Mystery

What would you do if your best friend were attacked? Forget about it like they want you to or find out who did it. Even if it may cost you everything.

Explores themes of bullying, hazing, Vietnam War versus Anti-War Movement, truth versus obedience.

Perfect for

  • Teens
  • Teen Boys
  • Reluctant Readers
  • Fans of Vietnam War Era History
  • Mystery Fans

time-travel cover for young adult novelEscape from the Past: The Duke’s Wrath (Book 1)

When a nerdy gamer tries out an experimental computer game, he time-travels to medieval Germany where he must survive in a hornet’s nest of feuding dukes while finding a way home.

Explores themes of medieval living, feudal system of lords and peasants, history of Thuringia Castle Hanstein in Germany, Knight Werner von Hanstein and Duke Schwarzburg

Perfect for

  • Teens
  • Teen Boys
  • Gamers
  • Reluctant Readers
  • Fans of Medieval History
  • Fans of Action/Adventure
  • Fans of Time-travel

time-travel book cover young adult novelEscape from the Past: The Kid (Book 2)

Intending to return to his friends in medieval Germany, Max mistakenly embarks on a journey through the Wild West of 1881 New Mexico.

Explores themes of the American Wild West and histories of Billy the Kid, Warm Springs Apaches, Chief Nana, the Black Range and old Fort Sumner

Perfect for

  • Teens
  • Teen Boys
  • Gamers
  • Reluctant Readers
  • Fans of American Wild West history
  • Fans of Action/Adventure
  • Fans of Time-travel

time-travel book cover young adultEscape from the Past: At Witches’ End (Book 3)

In the conclusion of the Escape from the Past trilogy, Max returns to medieval Germany two years later to find Lord Werner is mysteriously absent and the new guards refuse Max entrance. Worse, something foul is in the air. Even Bero’s mother is terrified to see him. With no place to stay, Max soon finds himself on the run from Schwarzburg who hasn’t forgotten Max’s miraculous escape two years earlier.

Explores themes of medieval living, feudal system of lords and peasants, history of Thuringia Castle Hanstein in Germany, Knight Werner von Hanstein and Duke Schwarzburg

Perfect for

  • Teens
  • Teen Boys
  • Gamers
  • Reluctant Readers
  • Fans of Medieval History
  • Fans of Action/Adventure
  • Fans of Time-travel

 

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