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Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

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Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch is a Ukrainian Canadian author acclaimed for her nonfiction and historical fiction, including Making Bombs for HitlerThe War BelowStolen Girl and Don’t Tell the Enemy Marsha  has received many honours for her books, including the Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Award twice, the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award.

In 2008, Marsha was bestowed with the Order of Princess Olha by the Ukrainian President, in recognition of her children’s book Enough which described the great Ukrainian famine that claimed millions of lives in the 1930s.

Marsha is dyslexic and did not learn to read until she taught herself at age nine with Oliver Twist — a long novel that took her a year to complete. She now considers dyslexia her secret weapon because it taught her patience and perseverance but also helps her see stories from different angles. After completing an English and Library Science degree, backpacking across Europe, and working for an industrial sales company, Marsha focused on writing. After a hundred rejections, her first book was published in 1996. Learn more about Marsha at www.calla.com.

Awards

  • Don’t Tell the Nazis, Winner, Snow Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2020
  • Don’t Tell the Nazis, Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2020
  • Don’t Tell the Nazis, Short-listed, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, 2019
  • Don’t Tell the Nazis, Short-listed, OLA Red Maple Award, Fiction, 2019
  • Don’t Tell the Nazis, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2018
  • Making Bombs for Hitler, Winner, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2014
  • Making Bombs for Hitler, Winner, OLA Silver Birch Award, Fiction, 2013
  • Making Bombs for Hitler, Short-listed, Kobzar Literary Award, 2014
  • Making Bombs for Hitler, Short-listed, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, 2013
  • Making Bombs for Hitler, Commended, Bank Street College of Education - Best Children's Books of the Year, 2018
  • Making Bombs for Hitler, Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2013
  • Making Bombs for Hitler, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2012
  • Making Bombs for Hitler, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2012
  • Stolen Girl, Winner, SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Award - Americas, 2011
  • Stolen Girl, Short-listed, Canadian Library Association Book of the Year For Children, 2011
  • Stolen Girl, Short-listed, Diamond Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2011
  • Stolen Girl, Short-listed, OLA Golden Oak Award, 2011
  • Stolen Girl, Runner-up, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2012
  • Stolen Girl, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2021
  • Stolen Girl, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2011
  • Stolen Girl, Commended, IODE Canada Violet Downey Recommended List, 2011
  • Stolen Girl, Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2011
  • Stolen Girl, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2011
  • The War Below, Short-listed, Kobzar Literary Award, 2016
  • The War Below, Short-listed, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, 2015
  • The War Below, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2015
  • The War Below, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2014
  • Traitors Among Us, Short-listed, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, 2022
  • Traitors Among Us, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2022
  • Trapped in Hitler’s Web, Short-listed, Northern Lights, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2022
  • Trapped in Hitler’s Web, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2021
  • Winterkill, Short-listed, Kobzar Literary Award, 2024
  • Winterkill, Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2024
  • Winterkill, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2023