Fourteen year old Luka works as an Ostarbeiter in Nazi occupied Eastern Europe, alongside Lida from Making Bombs for Hitler Desperate to escape the brutal conditions of the labour camp, he manages to get away by hiding in a truck under a pile of dead bodies.Once free, Luka joins a group of Ukrainian resistance fighters Caught between advancing Nazis in the west and SovieFourteen year old Luka works as an Ostarbeiter in Nazi occupied Eastern Europe, alongside Lida from Making Bombs for Hitler Desperate to escape the brutal conditions of the labour camp, he manages to get away by hiding in a truck under a pile of dead bodies.Once free, Luka joins a group of Ukrainian resistance fighters Caught between advancing Nazis in the west and Soviet troops in the east, they mount guerilla raids, help POW escapees, and do all they can to make life hard for the Nazis and Soviets After the war, Luka must decide whether to follow Lida to Canada or stay in Europe and search for his long lost mother.Underground Soldier is a companion book to Stolen Child and Making Bombs for Hitler, and a perfect entry point into the series for new readers, as the books can be read in any order.
Underground Soldier Fourteen year old Luka works as an Ostarbeiter in Nazi occupied Eastern Europe alongside Lida from Making Bombs for Hitler Desperate to escape the brutal conditions of the labour camp he manages to
When a young adult novel starts out with the sentence The corpses around me provided an odd sort of comfort you know that the author isn t going to waste any time getting you involved with the devastation and the unrelenting tension to come with this historical fiction You immediately recognize that an important story is about to be told, and this is certainly one of them Underground Soldier is a stand alone book but it pairs up so well with Stolen Child and Making Bombs for Hitler When a twelve [...]
Underground Soldier was as equally as well written and heart wrenching as Stolen Child and Making Bombs for Hitler In fact, this title hit me harder than the other two maybe it was the vivid descriptions of being in the midst of war and battle I would love for Skrypuch to write about these characters and how they coped with life post war Highly recommended for G4 and up Some of the G5 students are reading the trilogy with their teachers and many others are reading it independently, and they are [...]
Another triumph for Marsha Skrypuch Underground Soldier tells the story of teenaged Luka following his escape hidden in a pile of corpses from a German slave labour camp What follows his daring escape are months and years as a soldier with the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, while the threat of discovery and death are never far away This action filled story of life on the edge offers the reader a first person view of what it was like to live in a world where exploding bombs and the loss of loved ones [...]
Brian NGUYEN Re viewing a war within a child s viewWhat I think about the book Underground Soldier is how exhilarating it was, as the tough adventures of Luka had brought a new insight to World War 2 back in the 30 s Also, the book gives a reminder of a social issue about war affecting children around the world For example, war can not only bring deaths and sorrow to adults but also to the children as well and like Luka in the story, he struggles to escape the clutches of the Nazi But I must say [...]
Excellent book about children, recruited into the underground army, who fought against both the Soviets and the Nazis Amazing story of survival and love.
POSITIVE POINTS A great, quick and easy read A happy ending, to offset the many traumatic and terrifying experiences had by the many intriguing characters, during this time of war This book is written well and it gives the reader a real sense of what it may have been like for those who actually lived through this real life nightmare, during the second World War A great lesson is found within the pages of this book Regardless of age, race or gender anyone is capable of finding good things among a [...]
This final book in the trilogy that began with STOLEN CHILD and MAKING BOMBS FOR HITLER offers a window into a brutal part of history I knew little about I cheered on Luka every step of his desperate journey It s a beautifully written powerful and compelling story.A sample of my favourite passages from p 115Once, after helping set a broken arm, I walked into the kitchen and saw Martina, lost in concentration as she stirred a pot of rabbit stew A sudden image of Lida appeared in my mind, shoulder [...]
I read all books by this author because I know she digs for issues that haven t had told She s a crusader for the underdogs, the victims of history This story centers on a boy called Luka who s managed to escape a Nazi labour camp and then finds himself smack in the middle of the volatile eastern front How he survives is the plot line of the story which involves the underground UPA movement Again and again, Luka is forced to make tough decisions Nothing is as it seems Great read Ukraine s strugg [...]
I loved this book I love the resistance movement, against the Nazi s, that this book was based on The idea that these young children would risk so much to improve the lives of their countrymen and to ensure peace in their time, is so inspiring.Luka s journey is a journey we all must go on to move forward in spite of obstacles in the hope of creating something better for all of us.Only the humble can be true heroes Both Luka, the main character in this book, and Marsha Skrypuch, the author, fall [...]
Luka has just escaped a Nazi work camp and is hiding among the corpses on a journey that brings him deeper into danger and nearer to the front line of World War II Haunted by memories of his pre war life, walking in a nightmare, he dreams only of being reunited with his family and Lida Deftly told, Underground Solider is as moving as the companions novels, whose characters shine a light in the dark times of Russian and German occupied Ukraine.
I loved the story, but it was also sad when Luka found out that his dad was dead and I hated when Martina died that just made me cry Also I kept thought that I was reading a fiction book but I would remember after a couple of pages that it was non fiction.
A very interesting book about a subject that is not covered very much Reading about the Ukraine and UPA at a time when Russia is back in Crimea is insightful.
3.5 Stars.Powerful book Not usually the kind that I flock to, but checked it out based on a strong recommendation Some parts of the story I found dragged a bit, but others were full of action.
I had read this before Still it was a pretty good book about WWII.
Underground soldier is a story about Luka who hides under dead bodies to escape a labour camp during WWII and his story following this Marsha Skrypuch always manages to find a new way to tell stories about war It is a very engaging story that pulls the reader along on the adventure with Luka.