Zion Chronicles Series...book 1 of 5 in the series. Seriously, 5 stars is not enough for these books, as well as the Zion Covenant series! The BEST historical fiction ever!! (Read the Zion Covenant series first...takes place in Europe during WWII, then this series which takes place in Jerusalem in 1948).
This story is about two preteen girls who live in Denmark during World War II. It's a Historical Fiction book that comes highly recommended for Literature Circles. See this and other Historical Books for Literature Circles here.
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1964) by Alexander Solzhenitsyn - Vintage Historical Fiction - Russian Literature
"The book that made me 'chilly' was One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn which so perfectly describes the cold creeping into the bones of the inmates in a Russian gulag that you actually feel cold reading it. It's a fantastic read and a small book, so a great introduction for young people into classic literature" - Christine Dodd