MYRCA and Marsha

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October 2, 2014
By Colette
myrca2014-028 On September 26th 2014,the MANITOBA YOUNG READER’S CHOICE AWARD was presented to Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch for her novel Making Bombs for Hitler.  The award was presented at a special ceremony held at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People, with hundreds of kids in attendnace.  Marsha was selected by Manitoban tweens who had read at least 5 books from the nominated list.

 

Students and fans gathered to hear Marsha Continue reading “MYRCA and Marsha”

Friday in Winnipeg: Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Day!

What a thrill it was to see all the cars and buses pulling up to the theatre as I snuck inside unnoticed. Many kids were clutching copies of Making Bomb for Hitler, Stolen Child and Underground Soldier.

Myrca2014-068Here are Bairdmore students catching a few extra pages before heading up to the balcony!

The two young MCs were amazingly calm, cool and professional. I can’t imagine being so poised at their age!

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When they announced me as this year’s winner, I got up from the audience and walked onto the stage. Here’s the awesome award:

20140927_192604_4_bestshotI also got a cheque! I gave a short talk, reading, and kids asked questions…

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… and then I was whisked away to the lobby to sign books. All of my books quickly sold out, and I found out later that one of the MCs did not get a copy because she was at the back of the line-up, so I gave one of the organizers my personal copy of Making Bombs for Hitler, signed to her.

 

 

Here are some of the students at the signing table:

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On Thursday night, I had pre-signed 350 WWII trilogy bookmark as I had been told that there would be 315 kids in attendance. As it turned out, there were exactly 350 kids there. Eeek! The organizers made sure each student got exactly ONE signed bookmark. I also had some postcards for Dance of the Banished on hand and gave all of those out as well.

After all the buses left, the MYRCA committee treated me to a fabulous lunch at Chez Sophie on the bridge over top the river. Lovely view, great company and fantastic food!

After lunch, another kidcritter, Julie K, picked me up. We had coffee and a chat, and then Julie took me on a quick car tour of the city and dropped me off at the airport.

A whirlwind trip. I’m still on a high! Thank you Thin Air. Thank you, MYRCA!

 

 

Open Book interview with Marsha Skrypuch

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch is the award-winning author of historical fiction, nonfiction and picture books for children and young adults. Pajama Press has just released her new book, One Step at a Time: A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way, which continues the true story of Tuyet, Continue reading “Open Book interview with Marsha Skrypuch”