Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 10 to 14
- Grade: 5 to 7
Krystia's family is hiding Jews from the invading Nazis, but the risks are immense. How much will she risk for her friends? A gripping story based on true events.
During the Soviet occupation of Ukraine during World War II, some of Krystia's family are harrassed; others are arrested and killed. When the Nazis liberate the town, they are welcomed with open arms. Krystia's best friend Dolik isn't so sure. His family is Jewish and there are rumours that the Nazis might be even more brutal than the Soviets.
Shortly after the Nazis arrive, they discover a mass grave of Soviet prisoners and blame the slaughter on the Jews. Soon, the Nazis establish ghettoes and begin public executions of Jews.
Krystia can't bear to see her friends suffering and begins smuggling food into the ghetto. When rumours circulate that the ghetto will be evacuated and the Jews will be exterminated, Krystia must decide if she's willing to risk her own family's safety to save her friends.
About the author
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch est l’auteure d’une dizaine de livres dont Cher Journal : Prisonniers de la grande forêt, Enfant volée, Soldat clandestin et Faire des bombes pour Hitler. Elle a remporté de nombreux prix et est l’une des auteures canadiennes de romans historiques pour les jeunes les plus respectées. L’écriture de Marsha met en relief son héritage ukrainien. Elle a reçu l’Ordre de la princesse Olga de la part du président ukrainien. Elle vit à Brantford, en Ontario.
MARSHA FORCHUK SKRYPUCH is the author of more than a dozen books, including Dear Canada: Prisoners in the Promised Land, Stolen Child, Making Bombs for Hitler, Underground Soldier and Don’t Tell the Enemy. She has won many awards for her work and is one of Canada’s most respected authors of historical fiction for young people. Much of Marsha’s writing focuses on stories from her Ukrainian heritage, and she has been presented with the Order of Princess Olha by the President of Ukraine and named a Canadian Ukrainian Woman of Distinction. Marsha lives in Brantford, Ontario. Visit her online at www.calla.com.
Praise for Stolen Child:
Shortlist, CLA Book of the Year Award for Children
OLA Best Bet
Resource Links Best of the Year
Shortlist, Diamond Willow Award;
MYRCA Honour Book
"Skrypuch succeeds in making some of the more horrific and lesser-known events of the Second World War accessible and engaging for younger readers." - Quill & Quire
Praise for Making Bombs for Hitler:
Silver Birch Award
"Excellent, enduring, everyone should see it!" - Resource Links
"Making Bombs for Hitler is a most worthy addition to the body of juvenile literature about the Second World War, and it is a novel that definitely continues to break new ground in terms of its subject matter." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Other titles by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Adrift at Sea
A Vietnamese Boy's Story of Survival
Traitors Among Us
Don't Tell the Nazis
Trapped in Hitler's Web
Sky of Bombs, Sky of Stars
A Vietnamese War Orphan Finds Home
Ne dis rien à l’ennemi
Too Young to Escape
A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family