Books by Kathy Kacer

THE SOUND OF FREEDOM by Kathy Kacer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2018

"This straightforward tale of some lesser-known aspects of the time period provides a welcome spark of optimism. (author's note, sources) (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Against the rising tide of anti-Semitism in pre-World War II Poland, one Jewish girl sees an opportunity for her family to escape to Palestine. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"With living survivors seen through the eyes of a contemporary teen, the Holocaust is made present even through the uninspiring prose; 72 years after the liberation of the death camps, this immediacy is vital. (epilogue, author's note by Kacer) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
A 19-year-old's firsthand account of the war-crimes trial of a guard at Auschwitz/Birkenau. Read full book review >
I AM NOT A NUMBER by Jenny Kay Dupuis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A moving glimpse into a not-very-long-past injustice. (Picture book. 7-11)"
When the Indian agent comes for Irene and her brothers, their parents reluctantly give them up to be taken to one of Canada's infamous residential schools. Read full book review >
STONES ON A GRAVE by Kathy Kacer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Part of the interconnected Secrets series, the novel is a quick, easy read about a little-known period. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Secrets can hide painful truths, as a young woman learns in this novel set in 1964. Read full book review >
THE MAGICIAN OF AUSCHWITZ by Kathy Kacer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Though its sourcing is lacking, this is nevertheless a poignant, inspiring story of friendship, hope and survival. (Biography. 7-10)"
A moving Holocaust story for younger readers about a young boy sent to Auschwitz and befriended by a magician. Read full book review >
SHANGHAI ESCAPE by Kathy Kacer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2013

"Readers will come away with a strong sense of the resiliency of a family and a community under unique stress, though they will need to look elsewhere for facts to back it up. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
The story of Jewish refugees in China during World War II is told through the eyes of an 11-year-old girl and her extended family. Read full book review >
HIDING EDITH by Kathy Kacer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Another sensitive addition to the Holocaust Remembrance Series. (Biography. 8-11)"
The recent inundation of Holocaust literature draws much on personal history; Edith's story stands out for its child-eyed perspective recounted in an easily readable and intriguing narrative. Read full book review >
THE UNDERGROUND REPORTERS by Kathy Kacer
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Copies of the original editions and black-and-white photos salvaged from the war add to this incredible piece of Holocaust history. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
In the dark days of the Nazi occupation of the Czech Republic, a group of Jewish teenagers refused to allow the suppression of their private thoughts and dreams, as the political climate of their town changed daily with the implementation of life-limiting laws. Read full book review >