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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Jan/1992
Lexile Level: 800
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The heroine, Gabi, recounts how as a young Jewish girl she lived on a family farm in Eastern Europe during the Second World War. She describes her community before the Nazi occupation and the events that unfolded afterwards. When the Nazis conducted house searches for Jewish children, Gabi successfully hid in the dining-room dresser. The only thing retrieved from the home after the war was the dresser that saved Gabi's life. It now sits in author Kathy Kacer's home in Toronto. Kacer is Gabi's daughter and has based the story on her mother's experiences.

Canadian Review of Materials Magazine
An absorbing story about a piece of Second World War history that is new to young readers of this genre. Recommended.


Red Cedar nominee  | 2002 | Short-listed
Canadian Jewish Book Award  | 2000 | Winner
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction  | 1999 | Winner
Hackmatack Children's Choice Award  | 2001 | Winner
Silver Birch  | 2000 | Winner

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