Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch is a Ukrainian Canadian author acclaimed for her nonfiction and historical fiction, including Making Bombs for Hitler, The War Below, Stolen Girl, and Don't Tell the Nazis. She was awarded the Order of Princess Olha by the president of Ukraine for her writing. Marsha lives in Brantford, Ontario, and you can visit her online at calla.com.
Praise for Don't Tell the Nazis: The first-person account, based on the real-life Krystia's memories as told to Skrypuch, reads like a memoir; despite the historically accurate body count, it retains a sense of hope. An accessible entry in a crowded, vital field, honoring those who risked everything to save others. -- Kirkus ReviewsPraise for Stolen Girl: The author once again deftly sheds light on lesser-known aspects of the Ukrainian experience during WWII . . . A gripping exploration of war-induced trauma, identity, and transformation. -- Kirkus ReviewsA fascinating, compelling read. -- BooklistIn addition to helping children understand conditions that immigrants face in current times, this stands as a deeply personal, relatable study of the long-term psychological effects of war on children, making it a useful addition to a Holocaust or World War II curriculum. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's BooksExcellent back matter . . . gives context to Nadia's story . . . This is a strong addition to World War II historical fiction collections, shining a light on a little-known aspect of the Nazi regime's insidious programs. -- School Library JournalPraise 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. -- BooklistSkrypuch continues to shed light on the double jeopardy that many Ukrainians experienced... A page-turning window into a complex piece of World War II history. -- Kirkus ReviewsThis 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, New York Times bestselling author of RefugeeInspired 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 WeeklyStudents 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 JournalSkrypuch 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. -- Voice Of Youth Advocates