The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine

Longlist, National Book Awards 2023 for Young People's Literature

ISBN 9781250313607
Roaring Brook Press / Macmillan Publishers
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Katherine Marsh

Katherine Marsh is the Edgar Award-winning author of The Night Tourist; Nowhere Boy; The Twilight Prisoner; Jepp, Who Defied the Stars; The Doors by the Staircase; and The Lost Year. More about this author >

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From the publisher:

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 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 that connect the present-day to the 1930s and the US to the USSR, 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.

An incredibly timely, page-turning story of family, survival, and sacrifice, The Lost Year is inspired by Marsh’s own family history.