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Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 152
Themes: WWII, Holocaust
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2006
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The remarkable true story of a young girl named Edith and the French village of Moissac that helped her and many other children during the Holocaust. The town's mayor and citizens concealed the presence of hundreds of Jewish children who lived in a safe house, risking their own safety by hiding the children from the Nazis in plain site, saving them from being captured and detained and most certainly saving their lives.

The Globe and Mail
It is a tale that needed to be told, and told it is.
Resource Links
Kacer makes a difficult topic manageable for young readers, avoiding graphic horrors without trivializing the events.
…this account of survivors uses the truth of a young child's viewpoint to move readers and bring history close.
Voice (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario)
Kacer expands upon her brilliant use of the Holocaust theme, found in The Secret of Gabi's Dresser and Clara's War.
Facts about the Holocaust are presented deftly for young readers and are supplemented with black and white photos.
The story is told in an engaging style and manages to present this dark period of history in a clear, interesting manner.
Toronto Star
Kacer has made an engaging, intelligent story out of many hours of interviews with Edith Schwalb.
Kirkus Reviews
Edith's story stands out for its child-eyed perspective recounted in an easily readable, intriguing narrative.
Holocaust Resources Blog
This book is quite interesting and the photos provide another layer of education. The author did an excellent job in telling the story of Edith Schwalb Gelbard.
Winning the Yad Vashem prize is a huge honor for Kathy and a source of great pride for Second Story Press and the Israeli publisher of the book, Schocken.


Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Award – A Notable Book for Older R  | 2007 | Commended
Canadian Library Association "Book of the Year for Children"  | 2007 | Short-listed
Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award  | 2008 | Winner
Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-fiction  | 2006 | Commended
Olive Branch Book Award (Non-Fiction)  | 2007 | Winner
Ontario Library Association - Golden Oak Award  | 2009 | Short-listed
Ontario Library Association – Silver Birch Award (Non-Fiction)  | 2007 | Winner
Rocky Mountain Book Award: Alberta Children’s Choice  | 2008 | Short-listed
Yad Vashem Prize for Children's Holocaust Literature  | 2009 | Winner

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