The War Below (Hardcover)

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Luka, a young Ukranian boy, smuggles his way out of his labor camp and rushes for the hills. Luka has one goal: get back to the Ukraine to find his father. On his way, he meets the Ukranian Insurgent Army and postpones his plans to become an assistant surgeon. The longer he stays, the more he learns and discovers. This breathtaking book is filled to the top with exciting and chilling tales you won't want to miss!

Young reviewer Ava

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The Nazis took Luka from his home in Ukraine and forced him into a labor camp. Now, Luka has smuggled himself out -- even though he left behind his dearest friend, Lida. Someday, he vows, he'll find her again.

But first, he must survive.

Racing through the woods and mountains, Luka evades capture by both Nazis and Soviet agents. Though he finds some allies, he never knows who to trust. As Luka makes difficult choices in order to survive, desperate rescues and guerilla raids put him in the line of fire. Can he persevere long enough to find Lida again or make it back home where his father must be waiting for him?

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, author of Making Bombs for Hitler, delivers another action-packed story, inspired by true events, of daring quests and the crucial decisions we make in the face of war.

About the Author

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch is a Ukrainian Canadian author acclaimed for her historical fiction and nonfiction. She was awarded the Order of Princess Olha by the president of Ukraine for her writing. Marsha lives in Brantford, Ontario, and you can visit her online at

Product Details
ISBN: 9781338233025
ISBN-10: 1338233025
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: April 24th, 2018
Pages: 256
Language: English