Silver ThreadsAuthor Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch Illustrated by Michael Martchenko ISBN 9781554556076 Binding Trade Paper Publisher Fitzhenry & Whiteside Publication Date September 27, 2022 Size 140 x 216 mm
Silver Threads is the magical story of Anna and Ivan, two young newly-weds who escape poverty and hardship in Ukraine to start a new life on the Canadian frontier. As they struggle to build their homestead, World War I breaks out. And when Ivan volunteers to fight for his new homeland, tragedy strikes. While Anna works and waits alone, hope comes from an unexpected source.
Based on true events, (see Internment of Ukrainians in Canada 1914-1920) Silver Threads is a stirring lesson in history and a heart-warming tale of love and faith.
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
is the author of many books for children and young adults, including Call Me Aram, Aram's Choice, Silver Threads, Enough, The Hunger, and Hope's War. Her novel about the Armenian genocide, Nobody's Child, was nominated for the Red Maple Award, the Alberta Rocky Mountain Book Award, and the B.C. Stellar Award; it was also listed by Resource Links as a "Best Book." An English scholar and former librarian, Marsha lives in Brantford, Ontario.
Silver Threads was the winner of the 1995 Taras Shevchenko writing award, and was selected by the Ontario Library Association as a "Best Bet for 1996"
"A classic fable about the power of love."
"Remarkably, Ms Skrypuch has retrieved an all-but-forgotten indignity in Canadian history without bitterness. . . This is a book that every Canadian grade school library should own."
— Kingston Whig Standard
"It was not at all hard for me to become enthralled, immediately, with Silver Threads. "
— Ukrainian Weekly