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Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 120
Themes: WWII, Holocaust
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/09/2006
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Hiding Edith tells the true story of Edith Schwalb, a young Jewish Girl sent to live in a safe house after the Nazi invasion of France. Edith's story is remarkable not only for her own bravery, but for the bravery of those that helped her: an entire village, including its mayor and citizenry, heroically conspired to conceal the presence of hundreds of Jewish children who lived in the safe house. The children went to the local school, roamed the streets and ate good food, all withot having to worry about concealing their Jewish identity. And during Nazi raids, the children camped out until the coast was clear.

Intensively researched and sensitively written, this book, illustrated with photographs and maps, both comforts and challenges a young reader's spirit, skillfully addressing both the horrors and hope that children experienced during the Holocaust.

Canadian Review of Materials Magazine - January 1, 2008
"Four stars out of four. Highly recommended. Kacer's account of Edith's life is crafted gently for young children, yet she includes mention of the horrors that people were only hearing about during the war. Hiding Edith, along with others in the Holocaust Remembrance Series published by Second Story Press, should be part of every elementary school library collection."
Jewish Book World - December 1, 2006
"a beautifully written true story of a.... Jewish girl from Vienna, and her journey to survival."

Awards

Sydney Taylor Award Notable Book for Teens  | 2007 | Short-listed
Hackmatack Children's Choice Award  | 2008 | Winner
Silver Birch  | 2007 | Winner
CLA Book of the Year for Children nominee  | 2007 | Short-listed
Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction nominee  | 2006 | Commended
Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee  | 2008 | Short-listed
Olive Branch Book Award nominee  | 2007 | Short-listed

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