Making Bombs for Hitler

Making Bombs for Hitler

Book - 2017 | First U.S. edition
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In 1943 ten-year-old Lida is torn away from her home in the Ukraine, separated from her little sister Larissa, and sent to a slave labor camp in Germany, but when she is moved and set to making bombs she sees a way to strike back at the Nazis.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780545931915 (hardcover)
0545931916 (hardcover)
9781338170757 (paperback)
1338170759 (paperback)
Branch Call Number: Y SKRYPUCH
Characteristics: 230 pages ; 23 cm


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Jun 23, 2019

I love it when I find a book that teaches me something about a topic that I know very little about. This is a time in history where I understand the basics but I didn't realize how many young people were forced to work for the Nazis and the terrible conditions that they were kept in. This is a great book for showing what it was like to live in Germany but not be a part of the culture.

Mar 28, 2018

Not many times will you find a book such as good as this one. The book was honestly just the most amazing book i have ever read in my life.

Set back in the time when Hitler was running Germany and the Big World War II. A young girl Lida and her sister Larissa were taken from Nazi soldiers and set to a camp were they were later Separated from each other but Lida cannot escape the Horrors of this time. When she was at the camps she always thought about were her sister could be. Lida’s friends she makes on the way come and some mostly end up dead because of the Nazis. This Book is mainly about what happens to the Kids and not the adults when Nazis capture people as slaves.

I would HIGHLY recommend this book for ages 13+ because of how much blood and gore is described very detailed. But also because it's an amazing book and you should give it a look.
(Keep in mind im a Sophomore and I really enjoy the book)

Feb 03, 2018

a very detailed book about world war2

Nov 04, 2017

I highly recommend this fictionalized account of factual events as a read-aloud for Grade 4 and up.

Oct 18, 2017

I loved this book so much its one of my favorites.

Mar 23, 2017

I should really have read this book before Stolen Child, but I guess either way works. In a war-torn country under Hitler's rule, children are placed under supervision to make bombs in a factory. Lida is a Ukrainian girl who is determined to find out what happened to her sister, all the while trying to survive in her own harsh surroundings. She and her friends are truly inspirational in which they try to sabotage the bombs that they are making, to stop destruction. This story is really a reflection on what many in dark times had to go through, and it really pulls on your heart strings. The sorrow will really change how you view aspects in life, that we so frequently take for granted. 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 08, 2014

my class when i was in grade five did not get to vote for the best book, and no one in our schools knew who won. if our class got to vote with stars on each book, 5 STARS FROM ME!!! i loved it

Dec 16, 2013

amazing book and a lot of detail!

Jun 18, 2013

But scary

Apr 28, 2013

I loved this book because it was very interesting to read and I never wanted to put the book down. I thought the book had a great story on being a prisoner of the Nazis and making it in the prespective of an eight year old girl made it even more interesting. I learned that Lida is a strong girl who will do anything to protect her loved ones. She would never give up or show any weakness.
Even though the Nazis were treating everyone horribly she did what she needed to do to reunite with her family and friends.

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Feb 04, 2013

*taken from back of book*

Lida and her younger sister are caught by the Nazis and seperated. Lida is sent to a slave labour camp, where she works from dawn to dusk on only bread and soup, clad in one think dress and no shoes. Even if she manages to survive the war, how will she find her sister again?


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Jun 15, 2012

Other: I am the author. There is no sexual content


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Feb 04, 2013

"In this room, you will be making bombs" -Supervisor

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