The War Below


Product Details

$7.99  $7.35
Scholastic Inc.
Publish Date
May 05, 2020
5.2 X 7.5 X 0.7 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

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 volΓ©e, and Ne dis rien Γ  l'ennemi. Marsha lives in Brantford, Ontario, and you can visit her online at



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 Weekly

A riveting read. -- YA Books Central

Praise 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. -- Booklist

Skrypuch 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 Reviews

The 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. -- VOYA