Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Scholastic Canada, 2012. 9781443107303.

Interest level: Grades 5 and up.

Lida is only 8 years old when she is arrested and separated from her younger sister, Larissa during WWII.Although officially she is too young to be useful to the Nazis, she convinces them she is 12 and is sent to the work camps where living condition are terrible. Can she survive with only her skills as a seamstress and her wits?

27 thoughts on “Making Bombs for Hitler”

  1. I thought that this book was very interesting and full of wonder and excitement. It’s all about this girl named Lida who was taken by the Nazis and separated from her sister. She was sent to a work camp with lots of other boys and girls. She ends up meeting a boy named Luka, who has brown hair and torn clothes. He began to help her stay alive in the work camp, and to help her get a job. They say the older you are, the better job you get. This book will make you want to cry, smile, and will make you feel like you’ve been friends with the character, that you will be sad when it ends, and you will want to read it over and over and over again. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes drama, and adventure. I really liked this book, and I hope you do too.

    1. I totally agree with that on you, this book is amazing, tremendous. You should read this. This book, literally, touched my spirit…. You should try this….

  2. This book taught me lots about the 1900 and how to make bombs. This book is mean and interesting. I recomend you to read this book

  3. I’m only on page 48 and this book has already made me sad and happy. I love this books so far!!!! Can’t wait to finish it!!!!:)

  4. u must read this book the things they did to them were so cruel it made me want to cry
    so serious and mean u want to keep reading it so you can finally hear a happy ending:()
    mixed feelings:(:)

  5. outstanding book! i adore it. can you belive those nazies or how ever you spell their name.killing people 🙁 so sad. seperating people from their family’s.Dang you hitler!!

  6. I like the book but Hitler is so mean he makes kids make bombs for him. Bombs. I mean like so stupide. it makes me so mad >:(

  7. This is a phenomenal book. It is based on true but devastating facts. I enjoyed the suspense from her difficult situations and conflict. It comforted me to know how strong and brave Lida was.

  8. Dear Stevie,
    There are two companion novels to go with Making Bombs for Hitler. Stolen Child is about Lida’s sister, Larissa, and Underground Soldier is about Luka.

    1. really? about LUka? are u serious! I didn’t know that!! I should try that book! So far I read only stolen chil and making bombs, wow thanks for the info!

  9. Loved this book!

    Congrats, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch!

    Also, Underground Soldier and Stolen Child were just as awesome!

  10. Thanks for the congrats, Anonymous! Delighted that you also enjoyed the other two novels in the trilogy!

  11. Making Bombs for Hitler was awesome. As librarian at Cranberry Portage Elementary School, I am using this book in my Gr. 7/8 Book Club right now. Any book that makes history come alive for students is A1 in my books…the kids can identify with the characters and learn that character, honour, commitment, strength and servival are in all of us, regardless of our age. Thank you for providing such a tool to teach our young readers about life and inner-strength. Job well done.

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