The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine (National Book Award Finalist)

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Roaring Brook Press
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5.51 X 8.35 X 1.34 inches | 0.92 pounds

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About the Author
Katherine Marsh is the Edgar Award-winning author of The Night Tourist, Nowhere Boy, The Twilight Prisoner, Jepp, Who Defied the Stars, and The Doors By the Staircase. Katherine grew up in New York and now lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

Praise for The Lost Year

*National Book Award Finalist*
*Golden Kite Award Winner*
*Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year*
*School Library Journal Best Book of the Year*

"Marsh's novel, inspired by the struggles of her own Ukrainian grandmother's family, is a haunting story of survival in which children's anxieties -- whether about famine or Covid -- are masterfully wrapped in layered prose." -- The New York Times Book Review

"The Lost Year is both timeless and timely, a tapestry woven of complex lives in a loving family over generations, as Mattie's lockdown catches fire when he unearths a guilty secret fearfully guarded for nearly ninety years by his Ukrainian great-grandmother. Katherine Marsh is a genius for creating people that feel real in a story that feels magical." -- Elizabeth Wein, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Code Name Verity

"Katherine Marsh tackles a heart wrenching slice of history -- the mass starvation of millions of Ukrainians under Stalin -- with an unwavering gaze and great empathy. Be forewarned: this book will change you." -- Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hattie Big Sky

"The Lost Year brings this little-known slice of history to life with lively characters and a high-stakes plot that'll keep you turning pages." -- Steve Sheinkin, Three-Time National Book Award Finalist

"Katherine Marsh has beautifully woven a gripping tale covering both the Stalin-orchestrated Ukraine famine in 1932 and the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. Marsh shows us how deeply connected we are to our past and that in the middle of a societal crisis where disinformation is rampant, the ultimate truth can be found in the relationships we hold dear. It will break your heart and put it back together again. A must-read especially for these times." -- Veera Hiranandani, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Night Diary

★ "A natural selection for fans of Alan Gratz and a stepping stone to the work of Ruta Sepetys, this sobering and important story will be an excellent addition to classroom and library collections." - Booklist, starred review

A moving presentation of a long-suppressed piece of history." - Kirkus Reviews

"Captivating first-person POV chapters vividly render the suffering caused by Stalin's imposed famine, Holodomor; the event's perception around the world; and the aftereffects that ripple into Matthew's present." - Publishers Weekly

Marsh has a clear knowledge of the Soviet world and the Holodomor, and she seamlessly interweaves historical events and figures." - The Bulletin

"With appealing connections to a family living in the time of the pandemic and insight into the history of Ukraine, this striking work of historical fiction dives into the importance of telling one's story and preserving the history of everyday people." - School Library Journal

Winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award
A Jane AddamsPeace Association Children's Book Award Finalist
An ALSC Notable Children's Book
A NYPL Best Book for Kids
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year
An Evanston Public Library Great Book for Kids
An Indiana Young Hoosier Award Finalist