Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338233049 Hardcover
208 Pages | 5.7" x 8.54" | Ages 8 to 12
The gripping story of a Ukrainian girl who was kidnapped as a child to be raised by a Nazi family — now in hardcover!
This was previously published, and is currently available in paperback, under the title Stolen Child.
Nadia is haunted by World War II. Her memories of the war are messy, coming back to her in pieces and flashes she can’t control. Though her adoptive mother says they are safe now, Nadia’s flashbacks keep coming.
Sometimes she remembers running, hunger, and isolation. But other times she remembers living with a German family, and attending big rallies where she was praised for her light hair and blue eyes. The puzzle pieces don’t quite fit together, and Nadia is scared by what might be true. Could she have been raised by Nazis? Were they her real family? What part did she play in the war?
What Nadia finally discovers about her own history will shock her. But only when she understands the past can she truly face her future.
Inspired by startling true events, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch delivers a gripping and poignant story of one girl’s determination to uncover her truth.
Raves & reviews:
Praise for Making Bombs for Hitler:
"A gripping story that asks: What would you do to survive?" -- Alan Gratz, author of Prisoner B-3087
"Inspired by real, historical accounts, this is a powerful, harrowing story of transformation." -- Booklist
"Skrypuch draws on real-life stories of survivors in telling Lida's poignant tale, and she creates a cast of young people who are devoted to one another in both thought and deed.... A well-told story of persistence, lost innocence, survival, and hope." -- Kirkus Reviews
"The story [has a strong undercurrent of friendship and loyalty; an author's note gives further background on this important piece of history." -- Publishers Weekly
"Students will admire Lida's pluck amid such heinous conditions.... An absorbing read about the lesser-known Ukrainian experience during World War II, this is a solid choice for curricular ties and for middle school historical fiction collections." -- School Library Journal
"Skrypuch has written a gripping, emotional novel of one Ukrainian girl's perseverance during the horrors of war.... This is a vivid picture of what youth experienced during World War II and the hopelessness of displaced populations of all backgrounds and religions." -- VOYA
“A well-told story of persistence, lost innocence, survival, and hope.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Excellent, enduring, everyone should read it!” —Resource Links
Praise for The War Below:
"The subject matter is powerful and grows occasionally quite intense. A page-turning window into a complex piece of World War II history." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Skrypuch offers a compelling, visceral novel of survival that provides an unusual view of the war and the almost legendary Ukrainian Insurgent Army. . . . the suspenseful story carries the reader along to its satisfying conclusion." -- Booklist