Katherine Marsh — The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine - with Julia Ioffe —at Conn Ave in the Children & Teens Department

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Things are tough for Matthew—his dad is working overseas as a journalist, his mom has moved his 100-year-old great grandmother in to live with them, and like everyone else, he’s living through a global pandemic. He feels worn out and alone.  

But an old photo in his great-grandmother’s belongings intrigues Matthew. Bit by bit, he convinces her to share her past, leading to an understanding of an old family secret. With timelines alternating between present day United States and 1930s Soviet Union, The Lost Year introduces readers to the Holodomor – the famine that killed millions of Ukrainians, along with an underlying family mystery. 

Katherine Marsh is an award-winning author of novels for middle-grade readers including Nowhere Boy, winner of the Middle East Book Award; The Night Tourist, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery; Jepp, Who Defied the Stars, a New York Times Notable; and The Door By The Staircase, a Junior Library Guild selection.  She grew up in Yonkers, New York in the home of her Ukrainian grandma who taught her to love stories and borscht. A former journalist and managing editor of The New Republic, Katherine lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

Julia Ioffe is a founding partner and Washington correspondent for Puck, a new media company built around its journalists. She is an internationally recognized expert on Russia and her work on the subject has appeared in the Atlantic, GQ, Washington Post, New York Times Magazine, Politico Magazine, The New Republic, Forbes, and many others. She was a Fulbright scholar in Moscow, where she was also a correspondent for Foreign Policy and The New Yorker. She studied Soviet history and Russian literature at Princeton University.

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The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine By Katherine Marsh Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250313607
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 17th, 2023

Nowhere Boy By Katherine Marsh Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250211453
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Published: Square Fish - August 25th, 2020