skrypuch-marshaMarsha Forchuk Skrypuch is a Ukrainian Canadian author acclaimed for her historical fiction and nonfiction. Her award-winning books for young people include Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War, a Red Cedar Information Book Award winner and OLA Red Maple Honor Book. Its sequel, One Step at a Time: A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way, won the OLA Silver Birch Nonfiction Award. Her young adult novel Dance of the Banished is a Junior Library Guild Selection for 2015. In 2008, in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the development Ukraine’s culture, Marsha was awarded the Order of Princess Olha.

In November 2016, her true story picture book, Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival will be published. On February 28, 2016, her highly acclaimed novel, Making Bombs for Hitler will be published in the U.S.

Marsha did not learn to read until she was nine years old and in the fourth grade for the second time. One of her favorite discussion topics with students is how she transformed herself from a book-hater and nonreader to a book-writer and read-a-holic. She lives in Brantford, Ontario.


Program Details

Marsha speaks to students of all ages (PreK – 12th grade). Fees: $400 for 1 session, $700 for 2, $850 for 3, $1,000 for 4. Plus travel expenses. Schools may share a day. Her hour long sessions can hold up to 200 students.

  • The Hidden History of World War II: Grades 4 to 8. Referencing her WWII novel, Making Bombs for Hitler, Marsha discusses how she did her research and shares the survival stories of kids, including slave laborers, underground soldiers, and stolen children, of the time period.
  • Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival: Grades K to 4. This book is the true account of a six year old boy’s escape from Saigon with his mother and sisters after the Vietnam War.
  • The Hidden History of World War I: Grades 5 to 12. Marsha’s three Ukrainian Internment books and her four Armenian Genocide novels are all set during World War I. Marsha’s grandfather, who immigrated to Canada from Austria-Hungary in 1913 was interned as an enemy alien in Canada. This presentation is filled with anecdotes of real young people and their challenges during WWI.


Additional Information

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