Sunday, February 24, 2019

Don’t Tell the Nazis by Marsha Furchuk Skrypuch - ADVISABLE

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



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 the Germans want food and labor to be supplied by the villagers also.  Slowly but surely the Ukrainians feel their lives slipping away - anyone who even looks the wrong way might die, and if you happen to be Jewish, death will probably be sooner.

What I love about this is the intimate look at the insidious policies of the German military during World War II.  I bet Skyrpuch has several more WWII novels in her quiver, because the ones she has released recently have been on point.  

Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS

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