Making Bombs for Hitler

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byMarsha Forchuk Skrypuch

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In this companion book to the award-winning Stolen Child, a young girl is forced into slave labour in a munitions factory in Nazi Germany.

In Stolen Child, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch introduced readers to Larissa, a victim of Hitler's largely unknown Lebensborn program. In this companion novel, readers will learn the fate of Lida, her sister, who was also kidnapped by the Germans and forced into slave labour - an Ostarbeiter.

In addition to her other tasks, Lida's small hands make her the perfect candidate to handle delicate munitions work, so she is sent to a factory that makes bombs. The gruelling work and conditions leave her severely malnourished and emotionally traumatized, but overriding all of this is her concern and determination to find out what happened to her vulnerable younger sister.

With rumours of the Allies turning the tide in the war, Lida and her friends conspire to sabotage the bombs to help block the Nazis' war effort. When her work camp is finally liberated, she is able to begin her search to learn the fate of her sister.

In this exceptional novel Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch delivers a powerful story of hope and courage in the face of incredible odds.

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In this companion book to the award-winning Stolen Child, a young girl is forced into slave labour in a munitions factory in Nazi Germany.In Stolen Child, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch introduced readers to Larissa, a victim of Hitler's largely unknown Lebensborn program. In this companion novel, readers will learn the fate of Lida, her sist...

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch is the author of Dear Canada: Prisoners in the Promised Land and Stolen Child, which won the prestigious Crystal Kite Award and has been shortlisted for the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award and the Saskatchewan Diamond Willow Award. She has also written several picture books and in 2008 received the Order of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:186 pages, 7.75 × 5.01 × 0.47 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443107301

ISBN - 13:9781443107303


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Youe should totally read this book, its for all ages from 10+ uts a great book about a girl that gets captured by the Nazis and gets seperated from her sister and is sent to work and make bombs for hitler. On the way she makes many friends and trys to find her little sister
Date published: 2014-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Making bombs for hitlee Ever wonder how it would be if we were in slavery.
Date published: 2014-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Making Bombs for Hitler Making Bombs for Hitler Imagine you sent your son or daughter to slave labour. How would you feel? In fact, in pakistan a lot of many families have had to send their young ones to work because they can’t pay off for debt. But The person who is making all these children work is saying that this is necessary, so he will get money; However it is not necessary. Throughout the World war should not be necessary because young and t of little children are being forced to work. This is not right. For example , in many countries people only live on bread and soup with one thin dress or clothing and with no shoes. How would you feel if you were living like that? Slave Labour should stop because it can cause death and losses to other families. The opposing side will argue that we have to continue this, however, it is clear that, if you continue slave labour you will have losses. So, the government should not send our young and promising children to work like slaves. promising children get blisters on their hands and they starve to death.
Date published: 2013-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I loved the way she asked people who were actually in the war so she could base this book on them! I give this book a 5 out of 5
Date published: 2012-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Oh my, this book is incredibly intense and puts you on the edge of your seat. It made me want to scream, cry and throw up. a WWII story like no other I have read.
Date published: 2012-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ukrainian Force Labour Camps in WWII Reason for Reading: The author has become one of my favourite Canadian juvenile authors. This book is a companion to 2010's Stolen Child. Each book tells the fate of two Ukrainian sisters as they are separated in the middle of WWII. The books need not be read in any particular order. Making Bombs for Hitler details what happens to the eldest sister, Lida. The first couple of pages describe her parting from the younger sister, which is told in much more detail in Stolen Child. Lida is then sent to a Nazi slave labour camp where many Ukrainians were herded and sent to for the duration of the war. Since the Ukraine, at the time was part of Russian territory, the Nazi's labeled all Ukraines as Russians and thus as enemies at this time in the war. The Ukrainians (Russians) were the lowest of the low in prison camps and treated the worst of the worst. Skrypuch tells a compelling story that pulls no punches. While keeping the book tame enough for the intended audience she manages to still tell of the horrors that went on in these camps. The starvation, enforced labour under extremely dangerous conditions, the beatings and rough treatment and the "experiments" that went on at the hospital. It is a brutal story of reality, yet as mentioned age appropriate, though not recommended for especially sensitive children. Marsha is an author who writes as if she actually knew her characters and they become real as life to the reader. This is a haunting story of how the Nazi's treated prisoner enemy children, and especially of the plight of the Ukrainians as an ethnic group during WWII as they were a people without a home, being divided between two enemies, the Nazis and the Soviets. Excellent book, highly recommended, especially in conjunction with its companion, Stolen Child.
Date published: 2012-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Should be required reading in every school. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Date published: 2012-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable Lida Making Bombs for Hitler is the story of eight-year-old Lida, a Ukrainian child who is captured and enslaved in a German camp during WWII. There, she is starved, abused, forced to work long hours and reminded daily of her sub-human status. In spite of all these things, Lida's spirit remains strong. She fights off despair by looking for glimmers of good in her circumstances, and is a model of selflessness and hope to those around her. Another inspiring story from Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch.
Date published: 2012-02-05

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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