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Making Bombs for Hitler

Making Bombs for Hitler

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

ISBN 9781338312836 Paperback
ISBN 9780545931915 Hardcover
ISBN 9780545931922 Ebook
ISBN 9781443107303 Paperback
240 Pages | 5.271" x 7.565" | Ages 8 to 12

Lida thought she was safe.

Her neighbours wearing the yellow star were all taken away, but Lida and her family are not Jewish. They will be fine, won’t they?

But Lida cannot escape the horrors of World War II.

She loses her parents, and is ripped away from her beloved sister, Larissa. The Nazis take Lida to a brutal work camp, where she and other Ukrainian children are forced into backbreaking labor. Starving and terrified, Lida bonds with her fellow prisoners, but none of them know if they’ll live to see tomorrow.

When Lida and her friends are assigned to make bombs for the German army, Lida can’t stand the thought of helping the enemy. Then she has an idea. What if she sabotaged the bombs. . . and the Nazis? Can she do so without getting caught? And if she’s freed, will she ever find her sister again?

This pulse-pounding novel of survival, courage, and hope shows us a lesser-known piece of history—and is sure to keep readers captivated until the last page.

Praise for Making Bombs for Hitler

"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


  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education - Best Children's Books of the Year, 2018
  • Winner, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2014
  • Short-listed, Kobzar Literary Award, 2014
  • Winner, OLA Silver Birch Award, Fiction, 2013
  • Short-listed, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, 2013
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2013
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2012
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2012


Rights Sold

  • English (Australia) - Scholastic Australia
  • English (NZ) - Scholastic New Zealand
  • English (US) - Scholastic Inc.
  • French (N. Amer.) - Éditions Scholastic
  • Korean - A Thousand Hopes

Selling Points

  • Historical topics of interest to today's readers
  • Skrypuch is an acclaimed author of award-winning historical fiction
  • There are few books for young readers about these little-known events of WWII
  • Author is a strong self-promoter on social media, in schools, bookstores and libraries


Also by
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

  • Trapped in Hitler's Web
  • Underground Soldier
  • Dear Canada: Prisoners in the Promised Land
  • Stolen Child
  • Dear Canada: A Christmas to Remember

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