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Book Review: Making Bombs for Hitler

Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Skrypuch

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In this historical fiction novel set during World War 11, it is 1943 and the Nazis have taken Lida and her little sister Larissa from their home country of Ukraine, and then separated. Lida is sent to a slave labor camp in Germany, but she has no idea what has happened to Larissa. We read Lida’s fight to survive along with many other children. The story brings history to life as seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old girl.

Find this in our Juvenile Fiction collection under the call number J SKRYPUCH.

 

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June 12th

anne frankOn this day in 1942, Anne Frank received a diary for her thirteenth birthday. Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl living in Amsterdam during World War II. One month later, she and her family would go into hiding. Unfortunately, Anne Frank and her family would be discovered by the Gestapo in 1944 and sent to concentration camps.

Anne’s father survived Auschwitz and published Anne’s diary in 1947 as The Diary of a Young Girl. The book has been translated into more than 60 languages. (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/anne-frank-receives-a-diary)

You can learn more about Anne Frank as well as read her diary here at the library. You can find biographies in the Juvenile Nonfiction section at jBiog. Frank.

Book Review: Making Bombs for Hitler

making bombs for hitlerToday I recommend: Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

When Lida and her sister are caught by the Nazis they are separated. Lida is sent to a slave labour camp and must work from dawn to dusk on bread and soup, without shoes and wearing only a thin dress. Even if she survives the war, will Lida ever see her sister again?

This book grabbed my attention right away and I couldn’t put it down. This is a fictionalized account of young Ukrainian Lida’s experiences in Nazi work camps but it is based on facts and interviews as explained in the excellent author’s note. It addresses all of the horrors of the Holocaust without being too graphic in its descriptions. The strength of Lida and her struggles will hook you and you’ll feel emotional as you root for her. You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J SKRYPUCH.

If Making Bombs for Hitler sounds interesting you might also enjoy: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Juvenile Fiction J LOWRY). For other books about WWII check out: Book Review: Brave Like My Brother

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Book Review: Brave Like My Brother

brave like my brotherToday I recommend: Brave Like My Brother by Marc Tyler Nobleman.

When Charlie’s older brother Joe is called up in 1942, Charlie learns about the tedium and dangers of war through Joe’s letters–and his brother’s bravery in dealing with a spy as D-Day approaches, finally gives Charlie the strength to stand up to the local bully.

This is a really nice historical fiction book that focuses less on the war and more on the relationship between the two brothers. Most of the book is written in the form of letters from Joe to Charlie, and the format makes for an interesting but not too intense tale. Older readers may be more interested in The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley but this is an excellent story for younger readers. This book can be found in the Juvenile Fiction section at J NOBLEMAN.

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The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough

 

  • If you love bike riding and bicycle racing this book is for you.  Twelve-year-old Marcel loves riding his bike, and dreams of competing in the Tour de France, but it is 1942 and the Nazis have occupied his homeland.  It is his job to deliver bread from his parents’ bakery around Aucoin, France.  One day while making deliveries, he discovers that it is more than just pastries and bread he is delivering.  Suddenly finding himself with a heavy and dangerous secret, one that could send many people to prison including his new friend Delphine, Marcel must skillfully maneuver between the world of ordinary citizens and the world of the French resistance.