Marsha Skrypuch
Underground Soldier


Cover 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 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.


Praise for Underground Soldier:

Finalist, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People (2015)
Starred Selection, CCBC Best Books for Kids (2014)
Resource Links Best Book (2014)

"Underground Soldier is a fast-paced story that brings to life an important, and tragic yet hopeful chapter of World War II that is not often written about." —Caroline Chung, Resource Links

"'The corpses around me provided an odd sort of comfort.' With the devastating first line of Underground Soldier author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch prepares her readers for the unrelenting tension to come. In historical fiction, one immediately knows when an important story is about to be told, and this is certainly one of them." —Penny Draper, National Reading Campaign

Praise for Marsha Skrypuch’s Making Bombs for Hitler:

Shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice 2011 Diamond Willow Award
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

Genre/Category: Middle grade fiction
Setting: Europe
Period: World War II
Publication date: January 2014

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US (French) rights, Scholastic Canada

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Marsha Skrypuch   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.

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