In an effort to boost the birth rate of the master race, the Nazis instituted a frightening program called Lebensborn (the Fount of Life). SS soldiers were encouraged to breed with females deemed to be of racially valuable stock. Some were German, others were women and girls of captive nations and in 1942, an even more sinister aspect of the Lebensborn program was established. The Nazis believed that there were lost seeds of the Aryan nation amidst the Slavs. In an effort to reclaim these supposed lost Germans, children were stolen from their parents and shipped to Lebensborn homes for further testing and brainwashing.
In Stolen Child, Marsha Skrypuch imagines the story of twelve-year-old Nadia Krawchuk, who has immigrated with her parents to Canada, but her re-location triggers disturbing dreams and ultimately vivid memories of another family and a girl she recalls as Gretchen. This is a powerful, moving and disturbing tale of one of the lesser known horrors of Hitler’s racial obsession.
Praise for Marsha Skrypuch’s Stolen Child:
Winner of the Crystal Kite Award for the Americas
Shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice 2011 Diamond Willow Award
An Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) 2010 Best Bets for Children selection
Shortlisted for the 2011 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award
A Resource Links’s 2010 Year's Best selection
Shortlisted for the 2011 OLA Golden Oak Award
A finalist for the 2011 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award
“Skrypuch succeeds in making some of the more horrific and lesser-known events of the Second World War accessible and engaging for younger readers … historical vivacity, coupled with endnotes on the facts behind the story” —Quill & Quire
Genre/Category: YA Fiction
Setting: Germany and Canada
Period: World War II
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||Marsha Skrypuch’s books have been nominated for many awards, including ALA Best Book for Teens 2009, CLA Children’s Book of the Year 2006, OLA Best Bets, and many provincial readers’ choice awards including Red Maple, Silver Birch and White Pine. In 2008 she was bestowed with the Order of Princess Olha by President Yushchenko of Ukraine for her writings about the Holodomor (Ukrainian Famine). She lives in Brantford, Ontario.
Marsha Skrypuch’s website can be found at www.calla.com