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The War Below


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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 volee, and Ne dis rien a l'ennemi. Marsha lives in Brantford, Ontario, and you can visit her online at calla.com..


Praise for The War Below: Skrypuch offers a compelling, visceral novel of survival that provides an unusual view of the war... The suspenseful story carries the reader along to its satisfying conclusion. -- Booklist This story, full of numerous acts of compassion and valor, sheds welcome light on a less familiar battleground of World War II. -- Publishers WeeklyA riveting read. -- YA Books CentralPraise 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. -- BooklistSkrypuch 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 ReviewsThe 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. -- VOYAPraise 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"In this compelling work of historical ficition . . . [t]he youthful innocence of Luka's narration, despite the numerous atrocities, losses, and betrayals he experiences, underscores the inherent risks of choosing trust and hope. This story, full of numerous acts of compassion and valor, sheds welcome light on a less familiar battleground of World War II." -- Publisher's Weekly

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