Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch’s novel Stolen Child is the Crystal Kite Winner for the Americas, which encompasses Canada, Mexico, Central and South America.

She has received numerous awards and honours for her dozen-plus children’s books.

In addition to receiving the Crystal Kite, Stolen Child was shortlisted for the Canadian Children’s Book of the Year, it is a starred CCBC selection, has been nominated for three provincial readers’ choice awards, and was named a best book of the year by both Resource Links and the Ontario Library Association.

Surprisingly, up until the fourth grade, Marsha did not know how to read! She says that after she failed a provincial test, she taught herself how to read with Oliver Twist– a large novel that took her a year to complete. Ever since, Marsha read as many books as she could get her hands on, and had a new dream of becoming an author. After completing an English and Library Science degree, backpacking across Europe, and working for an industrial sales company, Marsha eventually focused on writing. After a hundred rejections, her first book was published in 1996.

about the book:

Nadia arrives in Canada after the end of World War II, from the Displaced Persons’ camp where she has spent the last five years. But troubling memories and dreams begin to haunt her. Who is she really? She sees images of another family, Nazi uniforms, Hitler . . . but can she believe what her dreams are telling her?