The War Below / Underground Soldier

I am THRILLED that The War Below (Scholastic US) is listed on as a #1 New Release for Children’s Holocaust Fiction, but please don’t be confused by the error on this page. This book is not #4 of my WWII series. This novel is part of a trilogy. This novel was previously published by Scholastic Canada as Underground Soldier in 2014.

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Same books, different editions:


The War Below

The Nazis took Luka from his home in Ukraine and forced him into a labor camp. Now, Luka has smuggled himself out — even though he left behind his dearest friend, Lida. Someday, he vows, he’ll find her again.

But first, he must survive.

Racing through the mountains, Luka evades capture by both Nazis and Soviet agents. When he meets the underground Ukrainian Insurgent Army, he knows that is where he belongs: fighting Nazis and Soviets alike. But the desperate rescues and guerilla raids put Luka back in the line of fire. Can he persevere long enough to find Lida again or make it back home where his father must be waiting for him?

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, author of Making Bombs for Hitler, delivers another action-packed story of daring quests and fights for survival. Inspired by true stories, this novel is a testament to the strength of the human spirit in the face of war.