The list author says: "The list below features books by award-winning Ukrainian-Canadian author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch and deals with topics which are based on true events (whether an anthology of memoirs, historical fiction, poetry, a picture book, or story based on a folktale)--further, they all share elements in commonÂ—theyÂ’re enthralling, educational, and enjoyable.
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (member, Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers) has been a keynote speaker; a panelist; a Writer in Residence at St. John's Kilmarnock School, 2004-5; taught at the Maritime Writers' Workshop in July 2003; and, has been nominated for numerous awards, including: in 2007, CLA Canadian Children's Book of the Year Award finalist and nominee for the 2007 Silver Birch Express Award, Aram's Choice; in 2006, BC Stellar Award nomination for Nobody's Child; in 2004, was nominated for the Alberta Rocky Mountain Book Award, the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, the Snow Willow Award, and CBC's Canada Reads People's Choice book) for Hope's War; in 2002, Nominated for the W.O. Mitchell Literary Prize for her body of work and mentorship of other writers; in 2006, named Canadian Ukrainian Woman of Influence by the World Congress of Ukrainian Women's Organizations; and, in 2001, recipient of Resource Links `Best of the Best 2001' in picture book category for `Enough.'
Additionally, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch is editor of an anthology called "Kobzar's Children: A Century of Untold Ukrainian Stories (`Kobzar's Children')" and contributor of two of its stories. Please see my review of that book, as well as my reviews of Ms. Skrypuch's other fine children's books, Enough and Silver Threads, which are picture books. An additional picture book is The Best Gifts. Moreover, earlier novels include The Hunger and Nobody's Child (nominated for the Red Maple Award, the Alberta Rocky Mountain Book Award, and the B.C. Stellar Award)."
"Award-winning Ukrainian-Canadian author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch scripts on subjects which are based on true events. In Hope's War, her outstanding, well-researched, well-written historical fiction novel, the topic is the treatment of an alleged Nazi war criminal at the hands of the Canadian government, set against a background of the life of the accused's granddaughter, a high school sophomore."
"Chronicles events leading to the Canadian internment of Ukrainians and others during World War I--a school curriculum and Library must. Award-winning Ukrainian-Canadian author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch once again presents a well-written, well-documented historical fiction, which is enthralling, educational, and deserving of further reference and thought. A Dear Canada Series book."
"Twelve Ukrainian-Canadian authors (from Quebec, Ontario, and Western Canada) collaborated on this anthology of memoirs, historical fiction, and poetry that chronicles the lives and struggles of Ukrainian immigrants to Canada during the past one hundred years (1905-2004). A social document that revives memories once deliberately forgotten, itÂ’s recommended for ages 9-12, and up."
"Ukrainian folk tale, historical picture book by an award-winning author and an award-winning illustrator, which tells a folk tale about a real occurrence. Complemented throughout with artistic, vibrantly colored, large illustrations by Michael Martchenko, Enough introduces the young child very gently and very aptly to Ukraine's Holodomor."
"Ukrainian-Canadian award-winning author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, once again, collaborates with Ukrainian-Canadian award-winning illustrator Michael Martchenko (this time on a folk fable based on a true chapter from Canada's history), resulting in a picture book sure to be treasured (for their previous collaboration, please see my review of Enough)."