Anna Reid, a writer for the Economist and Daily Telegraph, lays out a very readable history of the Ukraine. Her approach is chronological, but she adds in contemporary interviews when appropriate. Never one to shy away from the farcical, there's much to be made light of. That said, she's all business when the history turns particularly bloody and violent as it does in the 30 and 40's. Fascinating reading, but I'd turn to Paul Magocsi's Ukraine: An Illustrated History, if I was doing a school related project.
Phil (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)