Stolen Child by Marsha Forchuk SkrypuchStolen Child by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Stolen Child

byMarsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Paperback | February 1, 2010

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Stolen from her family by the Nazis, Nadia is a young girl who tries to make sense of her confusing memories and haunting dreams. Bit by bit she starts to uncover the truth-that the German family she grew up with, the woman who calls herself Nadia's mother, are not who they say they are.

Beyond her privileged German childhood, Nadia unearths memories of a woman singing her a lullaby, while the taste of gingersnap cookies brings her back to a strangely familiar, yet unknown, past. Piece by piece, Nadia comes to realize who her real family was. But where are they now? What became of them? And what is her real name?

This story of a Lebensborn girl-a child kidnapped for her "Aryan looks" by the Nazis in their frenzy to build a master race-reveals one child's fierce determination to uncover her past against incredible odds.

MARSHA SKRYPUCH is the author of the Dear Canada book, Prisoners in the Promised Land, as well as Aram's Choice, Hope's War, Nobody's Child, and Daughters of War. Her picture books include Silver Threads, Enough, and The Best Gifts. In 2009, Marsha was awarded the Order of Princess Olha by the Ukrainian President, in recognition of her...
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Title:Stolen ChildFormat:PaperbackDimensions:154 pages, 7.76 × 5.04 × 0.35 inPublished:February 1, 2010Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545986125

ISBN - 13:9780545986120

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read It was a very good book and you should read it. It is a inspiring story that helps you understand the war from a childs perspective and her struggle to regain her confusing memories in a world she would think was her own.
Date published: 2015-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stolen me Best book ever
Date published: 2014-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great! This book is very good to read. This book is interesting. A never put down book!
Date published: 2012-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A compelling read. History well-told in a meticulously researched tale. I would also recommend the author's "Making Bombs for Hitler" as a companion book.
Date published: 2012-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A bittersweet step back in time Stolen child is the compelling story of Nadia, a young girl who slowly begins to piece together her past while trying to fit into her new home in Canada. It is a tale where historical details are woven so seamlessly, that you feel you are really back in the 1950's. Wonderfully written and beautifully told.
Date published: 2011-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling Reason for Reading: I enjoy historical fiction about WWII, especial from a child's point of view. Comments: This is an extremely compelling story about a subject which I know very little about: The Lebensborn Program. I knew such things were done but haven't really read anything about it before. The story is of Nadia, who moves to Canada with a Ukranian man and woman who are not her parents after World War II. She must call them Mother and Father, though she knows they are not, but they are kind and loving. Nadia is in somewhat of a state of shock and really doesn't remember any of her past but this book is a slow unraveling of her past as she starts to have flashes of memories from her past that are haunting and confusing, making her question whether she is a Nazi. Her new "parents" assure her she is not and encourage her to keep on remembering, which she does. At the same time, Nadia must also deal with fitting into her new country and its customs which, unfortunately, a couple of children at school make very difficult. This is a bittersweet story that brings to life an aspect of the Nazi regime that is perhaps not so well known. While not as physically horrifying as other acts the Nazis perpetrated , it is an awful "experiment" that tore families apart, and ruined the lives of hundreds of thousands of children. The book is a compelling read, and coupled with its shortness is a fast read. The book's brevity does not however affect the power of emotion contained within its pages nor the development of Nadia's character. The reader connects with Nadia as a person and feels great anguish with her as she also learns who she is and what has happened to her. The book ends with an Author's Note which includes just enough historical background to place the story within context and to pique the reader's interest in the subject. I will certainly look twice if I find another book that deals with the same topic. I had never heard of Skrypuch before but after a quick look I see she has written quite a number of historical fiction which all seem to centre around either one of the World Wars and be set in Eastern Europe. I would most definitely read other of her books. Recommended.
Date published: 2010-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Trail of Memories This story is sure to captivate youngsters as they read about Nadia, whose past is a mystery that slowly reveals itself to her once she feels safe enough to explore it. As a newcomer to Canada, Nadia has questions about where she came from and why - memories that ought to be pleasant, but instead seem horrible and frightening. Through a sequence of flashbacks that are triggered by everyday occurrences, Skrypuch fills in the blanks of Nadia's past, and ends the story on a hopeful note. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2010-02-06