Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Published by Scholastic Australia
Young readers who pick up a copy of Making Bombs for Hitler can expect a whirlwind of emotions as they read through the story of young Lida and her sister Larissa who, through all the odds manage to survive Hitler's Nazi regime.
The story is told from Lida's point of view and begins with the two sisters being separated with Lida wondering if she will ever see her sister again. Lida is sent to a work camp where she lies about her age to appear more useful to the Nazi's in charge of the camp.
Remembering her lessons as a sewer, Lida manages to impress and earns herself a job in the camp laundry.
Before long she is shifted to a new station, where she finds herself making bombs with five other girls from the camp. "In this room, you will be making booms," said the supervisor. Making bombs? I suddenly felt weak at the knees. I had been so afraid of the Allied bombs hitting us, yet our fate here was even worse. They expected us to make bombs for the Nazis, our enemies?" While a frightening experience, Lida found it within herself to take a stand and joined with the other girls to sabotage the bombs, yet another glaring example of her resilience in the tale.
Lida forms close bonds with fellow young prisoners and it is remarkable that the author manages to get the reader to feel the depth of friendship between them. The need for friendship and bonds comes through overwhelmingly, and working together to survive. Lida is an honest and caring protagonist, and while readers can't relate to her as a character they can emphasise with her and wish her well.
This book has been nominated and won numerous awards and it is easy to see why, stunningly written it was an eye-opening read.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Title: Making Bombs for Hitler
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: August 2015