Marsha Skrypuch
Dance of the Banished

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Ali and his fiancée Zeynep dream about leaving their home in Anatolia and building a new life together in Canada. But their homeland is controlled by the Turkish government, which is on the brink of war with Britain and Russia. And although Ali finds passage to Canada to work, he is forced to leave Zeynep behind until he can earn enough to bring her out to join him. When the First World War breaks out and Canada joins Britain, Ali is declared an enemy alien. Unable to convince his captors that he is a refugee from an oppressive regime, he is thrown in an internment camp where he must count himself lucky to have a roof over his head and food to eat. Meanwhile, Zeynep is a horrified witness to the suffering of her Christian Armenian neighbours under the Young Turk revolutionary forces. Caught in a country that is destroying its own people, she is determined to save a precious few. But if her plan succeeds, will Zeynep still find a way to cross the ocean to search out Ali? And if she does, will he still be waiting for her?

Praise for Marsha Skrypuch's Dance of the Banished:

Winner, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People (2015) 
Selection, Junior Library Guild (2015)

"Dance of the Banished will appeal strongly to kids with an interest in the past, even those a couple of grades younger than the recommended reading level. It is a timely contribution to both Canadian and global First World War history." —Quill & Quire

"This latest work is an outstanding testament to Skrypuch’s mastery as a writer of historical fiction for young readers." —Lisa Doucet, Canadian Children's Book News

“An eye-opening exposé of historical outrages committed in two countries, with intriguing glimpses of a minority group that is not well-known in the Americas.” —Kirkus

“. . . the setting is fascinating, the research is thorough, and the story is made all the more interesting due to current events in the region.” —School Library Journal

". . . an absorbing glimpse into a dark period in world history and the human consequences of war.” —VOYA


Praise for Making Bombs for Hitler:

Shortlisted, Kobzar Literary Award (2014)
Winner, Silver Birch Award for Fiction (2013)
Winner, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award (2013)

"Making Bombs for Hitler is a sensitively written page turner that teaches lessons in courage, faith, ingenuity and hard work . . . It is an important story." —The Montreal Gazette

"Making Bombs for Hitler does an incredible job of recounting the hateful acts committed against Jews and other 'undesirables' during the war. It is a safe and sensitive book, as well as a great conversation starter, allowing for more than a few teachable moments with young people who read it."
The Guelph Mercury

"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 Magazine

"Parents and educators may wish to use sections of the novel as a starting point for discussions about some of the events of World War II and how these events have impacted our laws today." —Resource Links

Category/Genre: YA Fiction/Historical
Length: 288 pages (pb)
Setting: Anatolia/Canada
Period: World War I
Publication Date: August 2014

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Author Name

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch's 18 award-winning books for young people include Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War, a Red Cedar Information Book Award winner and OLA Red Maple Honour Book. Its sequel, One Step at a Time: A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way, is nominated for the OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award. In 2008, in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the development Ukraine's culture, Marsha was awarded the Order of Princess Olha. She lives in Brantford, Ontario.

Marsha Skrypuch’s website can be found at www.calla.com