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The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine

Thirteen-year-old Matthew is miserable. His journalist dad is stuck overseas indefinitely, and his mom has moved in his 100-year-old great-grandmother to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic, adding to his stress and isolation. But when Matthew finds a tattered black-and-white photo in his great-grandmother’s belongings, he discovers a clue to a hidden chapter of her past, one that will lead to a life-shattering family secret.

Set in alternating timelines, with Matthew's perspective in present day America and the stories of privileged Mila, daughter of a member of the Communist Party, and Helen, the daughter of Ukrainian immigrants in Brooklyn, in the 1930s, Katherine Marsh’s latest novel sheds fresh light on the Holodomor, the horrific famine that killed millions of Ukrainians, and which the Soviet government covered up for decades. This incredibly timely, page-turning story of family, survival, and sacrifice, inspired by Marsh’s own family history, is perfect for fans of Ruta Sepetys' Between Shades of Gray and Alan Gratz's Refugee.

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"Marsh’s intertwining narratives ground the story of the Holodomor — which affected her own family — within a historical framework while leading up to a completely believable and emotionally powerful conclusion. A strong subplot discusses journalistic integrity and how one powerful man managed to keep the truth of the Holodomor hidden for years. A moving presentation of a long-suppressed piece of history." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 10 - 13
Author Katherine Marsh
ISBN 1250313600
Publication Date Jan 17, 2023
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
Language English