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Don't Tell the Enemy

Don't Tell the Enemy

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

ISBN 9781443128391 Paperback
ISBN 9781443128407 E-Book
216 Pages | Ages 9 to 12
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How much would you do for a friend? Krystia’s family hides Jews from the Nazis at immense risk to their own lives.

Life is becoming dangerous for Krystia. It’s 1941 and her town in Ukraine is now occupied by the Soviets. Some members of her family are harassed, while others are arrested and killed. When the Nazis liberate the town, they are welcomed with open arms. But Krystia’s best friend Dolik has doubts. His family is Jewish and rumours are that the Nazis are even more brutal than the Soviets.

When the Nazis discover a mass grave of Soviet prisoners, they use it as an excuse and blame the slaughter on the Jews. Soon after, the Nazis establish ghettoes and begin public execution of Jews. Krystia can’t bear to see her friends suffer, so she smuggles food in for them. When word gets out that the ghetto will be cleared and Jews will be exterminated, Krystia must make an impossible decision. Will she risk her own family’s safety to save her friends?


  • Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2020
  • Short-listed, Snow Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2020
  • Short-listed, OLA Red Maple Award, Fiction, 2019
  • Short-listed, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, 2019
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2018

Rights Sold

  • English (US) - Scholastic Inc.

Selling Points

  • WWII and Holocaust themes.
  • Based on the true story of a family’s selfless courage
  • Successful author with a growing international reputation.

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