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Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (author of Making Bombs for Hitler) crafts a story of ultimate compassion and sacrifice based on true events during WWII.
The year is 1941. Krystia lives in a small Ukrainian village under the cruel -- sometimes violent -- occupation of the Soviets. So when the Nazis march into town to liberate them, many of Krystia's neighbors welcome the troops
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Scholastic Press (first published 2017)
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Hermien
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jewish, wwi-ii, ebooks
The language of the book brilliantly captures the thoughts and feelings of a young girl. A very poignant story based on true events and people.
Marsha
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Can hardly wait til this book is out, Dec 26!
Indica S
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soo good going to reread it
Bex
This book captures small, powerful snapshots of surviving a war very well. Those acts of defiance, of resilience and of bravery which so many people must have shown during such awful times but which went such a long way to survival and togetherness. It makes the stain on your carpet, the morning you ran out of milk or the ten minutes you were late for work really fall into perspective. I don’t think we appreciate how truly lucky we are comparatively. And I like how the author challenged that. It ...more
Melanie Dulaney
Marsha Skrypuch has such a talent for blending real people and facts from the Ukrainian World War II experience with fictional names and events. In Don’t Tell the Enemy/Don’t Tell the Nazis, the real life Krystia and her family’s brave acts of defiance are recorded with only subtle changes. The all too real story of Nazi soldiers taking control of their town, imprisoning and killing the Jewish residents while systematically starving the non-Jews is hard to read, but gives readers a keen insight ...more
Cee
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This moving story based on real events will leave readers horrified and disgusted at the events going on in Ukraine during World War II. Krystia's voice is strong and her fears are real as lives through Russian and German occupation. Her bravery is an inspiration to everyone.
Highly recommended for middle years and teen readers who enjoy WWII fiction and for teachers who want to supplement their WWII curriculum with a great read-aloud.
Ms. Yingling
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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Krystia lives in a small Ukranian village with her mother and her sister Maria in 1941. Her father passed away a few years ago, so she is glad to have uncles, aunts, and cousins in the area. Things are difficult, because the area has been under Soviet occupation, but there is some hope when the Germans liberate the town. Of course, even though there are a few nice Germans, like the man who takes over her father's blacksmith shop, there are a lot of Germans that are not.
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Nancy Hollingsworth
The voice of this little girl has to be heard. Nazis are still vile.
Megan
This is a well drawn story of children living through Nazi terrors. It was interesting to learn that it was based on a true story.
M.L. Little
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
@kidlitexchange #partner: Don’t Tell the Nazis by @skrypuch and @scholasticinc. Releases December 3, 2019.
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A fast-paced historical war novel for kids that ISN’T cheapened or contrived? It feels too good to be true. Don’t Tell the Nazis gives us the mostly true story of a young girl living in Ukraine as it transitioned from Soviet rule to Nazism in 1941–a specific place and time in history I had barely learned anything about. Krystia is a native Ukrainian, but she’s surrounded by Jewish
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Laura Gardner
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to @scholasticinc for the free book to share with #kidlitexchange! Out 12/3/19, but pre-order now for everywhere @skrypuch's other books are popular.
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4/5 for Don't Tell the Nazis, which chronicles the brave actions of Krystia and her family who protected, fed and hid Jewish people during World War II. I love reading inspirational stories about people making hard decisions during desperate times and I know lots of students who do, too!


@Skrypuch's books about Ukranian children during and
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Don’t Tell the Nazis by Marsha Furchuk Skrypuch, 240 pages. Scholastic, DECEMBER 2019. $18.

Language: G (0 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG

BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ADVISABLE

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

Krystia, her mother, and her younger sister live in a small Ukrainian village in 1941. After the Soviets move out, they briefly think they are free, but then the Germans start moving in. First military, but quickly many more Germans occupy homes that used to belong to the villagers. Now
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Valerie Sherrard
Marsha Skrypuch always does a great job of taking the reader to the events in history her writing explores but Don't Tell the Enemy is exceptional, even for a writer of her caliber. You will feel everything that young Krystia goes through, and experience her courage, determination, fear, despair and battered hope in the struggle for justice, not only for herself and her loved ones, but on behalf of those who could not fight for themselves. A difficult story because of its hard truths, every ...more
Jennifer G
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for young readers. My daughter found it a bit confusing at times, but I think that she was trying to understand why the characters did what they did. And it is really difficult for an elementary school kid to understand why the horrors of WWII happened, and why people can hate others so much.

This is a heartbreaking but wonderful story of courage and survival. Best of all, although a work of fiction, it is based on a true story of a brave child.
Sylvia McNicoll
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adults should read this book to experience the atrocities inflicted on the Ukrainians during WWII through the viewpoint of a wonderful brave character Krystia. Marsha Skrypuch is an excellent writer who makes history real, never pulling her punches. It would be wonderful if parents and their tweens read and discussed this book and perhaps the importance of educated voting to prevent such atrocities.
Karen
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another stellar, gripping story from a brilliant author of historical fiction. When you think Krystia's situation can't possibly get any worse, it does. When you're certain she can't be any more daring and brave, she is.

Highly recommended.
Caroline Minic
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brutal and tender, this fiction reminds us again that human beings are capable of the worst but the best as well.
True to life, Krystia's story won't leave you unmoved.
Abbey
Amazing!!!!
Heather Aubie
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart wrenching and too informative.
Katie
4/5 stars. This young adult (older middle grade-ish) novel tells Krystia's story of courage and resistance set in Ukraine during WWII, at the end of Soviet occupation and during the subsequent takeover by the Nazis.

Though a fictionalized novel, Krystia's story is largely based on factual people and events. The author doesn't shy away from brutal realities Slavic nations and especially the Jewish community suffered under the Nazis, ("the hunger plan"; "the Jewish problem") although most of the
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Sandy Brehl
This author always delivers, and this book proves my point. The fictionalized structure defies it's genre, reading as if it is fact. (The author notes at the back clarify why and how this was achieved through primary and other research.) The stories of devastation and destruction of Europe related to both the Soviets and the Nazis are infinite, but they need to be unearthed and shared widely. A story with this much heart and tension and bravery will help make that happen. I urge everyone to read ...more
Christie
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While this is a nonfiction story, it's heavily based on one family's story and the events of WWII. This book gives a great view of how horrifying things were for people stuck between the Nazis and the Soviets during the war.
Sharon
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A horrifying tale, based on true facts and real people. It’s a different point of view of the disgusting treatment of Jews, and any who helped them. Krystia is a young Corie TenBoom. Another gripping, compelling, story by Skrypuch. It causes deep introspection, and makes me wonder if I could have been half as brave.
Caylee G.
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so well written and made me cry. This book well displays the tragedies of the Holocaust and shows how you have to stay strong even when it feels like your world is caving in. Must read for anyone into world history.
Claire L
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good story and well written but it was REALLY sad. If you don’t like sad books DO NOT read this. It really couldn’t not be sad though because it was based off of a sad story. I think this was a very good book
Joshua
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite character in the book is Krystia because she goes through a lot of changes from Uncle Romen dying to all those innocent people (101) shot. So I think she is the protagonist and she is dynamic character. The most realistic scene in the book I think is the part when all 101 innocent people got shot, and to hide the evidence they took off their clothing and shot them off the cliff. They took off their clothing to make it look like they weren't killed, and were just sent off to slave ...more
J Mccarragher
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlitexchange
@kidlitexchange #partner “Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the
review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.”

In Don’t Tell the Nazis, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch pens a heartbreaking story of a young girl who questions whether she is brave enough to make her Tato proud. Krystia’s experiences in war-torn Ukraine, while unfortunately not unique to war, are so tenderly shared through her actions and first-person narrative that the reader feels the intensity throughout the story. Skrypuch
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Kate Waggoner
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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@kidlitexchange #partner

Thank you to @scholasticinc and @skrypuch for sharing an advance copy of Don't Tell the Nazis with the #kidlitexchange network. This book will be released December 3, 2019. All opinions are my own.

Krystia lives with her younger sister and mother in a small village in Ukraine. At the start of the book, the Soviets are losing control of the city and being pushed out by the Germans. As the Soviets leave, they ransack the city and kill some of the villagers. When the Germans
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LaRae Schutte
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A deeply moving book based on real life experiences demonstrating the struggle, fear, heartbreak, and hopelessness of war.
Everly
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book it was an amazing read. As I got in the book more I felt like I was part of the setting.
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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
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