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Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Autor(a) de Making Bombs for Hitler

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About the Author

Image credit: taken by Orest Skrypuch March 2021


Obras de Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Making Bombs for Hitler (2012) 753 cópias
Stolen Girl (2019) 301 cópias
The War Below (2018) 187 cópias
Don't Tell the Nazis (2017) 163 cópias
Traitors Among Us (2021) 104 cópias
Trapped in Hitler's Web (2020) 96 cópias
Winterkill (2022) 92 cópias
Stolen Child (2010) 75 cópias
A Christmas to Remember: Tales of Comfort and Joy (2009) — Contribuinte — 57 cópias
Daughter of War (2008) 45 cópias
Silver Threads (1996) 35 cópias
Hope's War (2001) 27 cópias
The Best Gifts (1998) 26 cópias
Aram's Choice (2006) 22 cópias
Nobody's Child (2003) 21 cópias
The Hunger (2002) 18 cópias
When Mama Goes to Work (2013) 16 cópias
Dance of the Banished (2015) 15 cópias
Call Me Aram (2008) 15 cópias
Underground Soldier (2014) 14 cópias
Enough (1614) 13 cópias
Don't Tell the Enemy (2017) 10 cópias
Best Gifts (2013) 4 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Locais de residência
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
University of Western Ontario (B.A., English|MSL)
children's book author
young adult writer
historical novelist
book reviewer
Pequena biografia
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch was born in Brantford, Ontario, to a Ukrainian-Canadian family.
In elementary school, she couldn't read, and so had to repeat the fourth grade. She had a learning disability, which was undiagnosed, and taught herself to read in the school library.
During high school, she wrote for the school newspaper. She received a B.A. with honors in English in 1978 and later a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. In between, she worked as an industrial sales rep. While she was studying for her master's degree, she started to explore her Ukrainian cultural background. She wrote book reviews for the Brantford Expositor for a few years before beginning to write fiction. Her debut picture book, Silver Threads, was published in 1996.

Skrypuch is the author of more than 20 books for children and young adults. Her carefully researched historical fiction and narrative nonfiction focuses on refugees and war from a young person’s perspective.



A well done exploration of the life of a child slave laborer in the latter half of World War II. I don't normally read this genre (I get that the Nazis were despicable, and don't enjoy messing with my emotions), but was intrigued by the idea of tampering with the Nazi bombs. This turned out to be a very minor part of the book though. I appreciated that the author portrayed a realistic account of the horrors of being a Nazi prisoner, but didn't go over the top either. There were times where a sentence or two would communicate everything it needed to, and if you managed to miss that you could move on. For example, if I tracked the time correctly, I think the majority of 1944 was spent as a prisoner in worse than the labor camp. But very little page time was given to it. I also appreciated that it gave a (though necessarily much abbreviated) conclusion over a few months and then suddenly years as a refugee before neatly wrapping up. The post-Allied-arrival period is not a period I normally hear about.

I'm going to disagree with a few tags and reviews. This isn't a book about the Holocaust. There is a Jewish character, but she keeps that identity hidden. There are various types of prisoners for various reasons, but it's not because they're Jews. This isn't a concentration camp. It's a work camp. They're here to be useful and forcibly help the Nazi war effort. I appreciated this. The concentration camp story has been well told. But the plight of Ukrainian children being traumatized both by the Soviets and then the Nazis and then again by the Soviets (there's a late plot about whether it's safe to go home to Ukraine or not) is a less told tale.
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ojchase | outras 16 resenhas | Feb 5, 2024 |



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