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Underground Soldier (WW2)

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Fourteen-year-old Luka works as an Ostarbeiter in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, alongside Lida from Making Bombs for Hitler. Desperate to escape the brutal conditions of the labour camp, he manages to get away by hiding in a truck under a pile of dead bodies.
Once free, Luka joins a group of Ukrainian resistance fighters. Caught between advancing Nazis in the west and Sovie
Paperback, 208 pages
Published 2014 by Scholastic Canada Ltd.
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Valerie Sherrard
Aug 17, 2016 Valerie Sherrard rated it it was amazing
Another triumph for Marsha Skrypuch! Underground Soldier tells the story of teenaged Luka following his escape (hidden in a pile of corpses) from a German slave labour camp. What follows his daring escape are months and years as a soldier with the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, while the threat of discovery and death are never far away. This action-filled story of life on the edge offers the reader a first-person view of what it was like to live in a world where exploding bombs and the loss of loved ...more
Teresa Huckle
Oct 10, 2014 Teresa Huckle rated it really liked it

A great, quick and easy read. A happy ending, to offset the many traumatic and terrifying experiences had by the many intriguing characters, during this time of war. This book is written well and it gives the reader a real sense of what it may have been like for those who actually lived through this real life nightmare, during the second World War. A great lesson is found within the pages of this book: Regardless of age, race or gender; anyone is capable of finding good things
Jul 21, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
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Gabriele Goldstone
Feb 20, 2014 Gabriele Goldstone rated it it was amazing
I read all books by this author because I know she digs for issues that haven't had told. She's a crusader for the underdogs, the victims of history. This story centers on a boy called Luka who's managed to escape a Nazi labour camp and then finds himself smack in the middle of the volatile eastern front. How he survives is the plot line of the story which involves the underground UPA movement.

Again and again, Luka is forced to make tough decisions. Nothing is as it seems. Great read! Ukraine's
Judith Robinson
Jul 21, 2014 Judith Robinson rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I love the resistance movement, against the Nazi's, that this book was based on. The idea that these young children would risk so much to improve the lives of their countrymen and to ensure peace in their time, is so inspiring.

Luka's journey is a journey we all must go on - to move forward in spite of obstacles in the hope of creating something better for all of us.

Only the humble can be true heroes. Both Luka, the main character in this book, and Marsha Skrypuch, the aut
Colette Dufault
Oct 30, 2014 Colette Dufault rated it really liked it
Luka has just escaped a Nazi work camp and is hiding among the corpses on a journey that brings him deeper into danger and nearer to the front line of World War II. Haunted by memories of his pre-war life, walking in a nightmare, he dreams only of being reunited with his family and Lida. Deftly told, Underground Solider is as moving as the companions novels, whose characters shine a light in the dark times of Russian and German occupied Ukraine.
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Apr 06, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it
A very interesting book about a subject that is not covered very much. Reading about the Ukraine and UPA at a time when Russia is back in Crimea is insightful.
Dec 21, 2014 Kkharvey rated it liked it
3.5 Stars.
Powerful book. Not usually the kind that I flock to, but checked it out based on a strong recommendation. Some parts of the story I found dragged a bit, but others were full of action.
Apr 29, 2016 Sheri rated it really liked it
Underground soldier is a story about Luka who hides under dead bodies to escape a labour camp during WWII and his story following this. Marsha Skrypuch always manages to find a new way to tell stories about war. It is a very engaging story that pulls the reader along on the adventure with Luka.
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Marsha has received numerous awards and honours for her picture books and young adult novels, including a nomination for the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year in 2007. Marsha has penned the bestselling Dear Canada book, Prisoners in the Promised Land.

In 2008, Marsha was awarded the Order of Princess Olha by the Ukranian President, in recognition of her story, Enough, which described th
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