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Underground Soldier

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

tagged: military & wars, survival stories
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Description

A companion to the award-winning books Stolen Child and Making Bombs for Hitler.

Fourteen-year-old Luka works as an Ostarbeiter in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, alongside Lida from Making Bombs for Hitler. Desperate to escape the brutal conditions of the labour camp, he manages to get away by hiding in a truck under a pile of dead bodies.

Once free, Luka joins a group of Ukrainian resistance fighters. Caught between advancing Nazis in the west and Soviet troops in the east, they mount guerilla raids, help other POW escapees, and do all they can to make life hard for the Nazis and Soviets. After the war, Luka must decide whether to follow Lida to Canada - or stay in Europe and search for his long-lost mother.

Underground Soldier is a companion book to Stolen Child and Making Bombs for Hitler, and a perfect entry point into the series for new readers, as the books can be read in any order.

About the Author

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

MARSHA FORCHUK SKRYPUCH is a Ukrainian Canadian author acclaimed for her nonfiction and historical fiction, including Faire des bombes pour Hitler, The War Below, Enfant volée, and Ne dis rien à l’ennemi. Marsha lives in Brantford, Ontario, and you can visit her online at calla.com.

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Contributor Notes

MARSHA FORCHUK SKRYPUCH is well-known for her award-winning historical fiction and non-fiction. Her novel Stolen Child was a CLA Book of the Year nominee and won the prestigious SCBWI Crystal Kite Award. The companion book, Making Bombs for Hitler, was an OLA Silver Birch Award Winner. Marsha lives in Brantford, Ontario. Visit her online at www.calla.com.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
10 to 14
Grade:
5 to 9
Awards
  • Commended, Kobzar Literary Award
  • Short-listed, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Editorial Review

Praise for Marsha Forhuk Skrypuch:

"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 (for Stolen Child)

"An achingly sad and intensely hopeful novel - honest about suffering, but also about resilience. It is gripping in its plot and its striking characters, and full of historical accuracy." -Canadian Children's Book News (for Making Bombs for Hitler)

"[Skrypuch] does a wonderful job of illuminating the moral dilemmas forced upon ordinary people during extraordinary times . . . [and] certainly succeeded in introducing this compelling slice of history to a new audience." -The National Reading Campaign (for Underground Soldier

"Underground Soldier is also a worthy choice as supplementary reading for classes studying The Diary of Anne Frank, and it is an excellent addition to school library collections. It is definitely accessible reading to middle school readers, and I think that high school students will enjoy it as well." -CM: Canadian Review of Materials (for Underground Soldier

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