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Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 160
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Jan/2003
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In a quiet village in Czechoslovakia, laws restricted the freedom of Jewish people during WWII. A small plot of land by the river was allocated to the village’s Jewish youth, and it was here that some brave young people decided to create a newspaper.

CCL
Historical settings are well researched and vivid…characters and plot are at the forefront.
City Parent
Kacer's taut recounting of the grim background story highlights the brave gallantry of the children.
CM Magazine
The book can also be an inspiration for children about how the human spirit can triumph over adversity.
Association of Jewish Libraries
The simple yet poignant style holds your attention.
Lethbridge Herald
We need a book like this that reminds us there is always hope and the human spirit will always survive.
Kirkus Reviews
Copies of the original editions and black-and-white photos salvaged from the war add to this incredible piece of Holocaust history.
Resource Links
Readers will gain knowledge of the events that occurred during the beginning of World War II through the eyes of ordinary people.
Jewish Independent Online
The Underground Reporters is an amazing story about survival, rather than death.
The Toronto Star
Kacer makes these children come alive, leading her readers into the story as if it were a novel, while commemorating the lives of the kids.
VOYA
The undying spirit of the Jewish people during those dreadful times is emphasized, and descriptions of life in the camps are excellent.
Voice (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario)
This story is well-written and interesting, and meets the equity test.
Professionally Speaking (Ontario College of Teachers)
A rich assortment of photographs and maps helps young readers connect with the people and places described in the book.
Jewish Book World
Interspersed with black-and-white photographs, stories and artwork from the newspapers is a riveting story of courage.

Awards

Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Award  | 2005 | Commended
British Columbia Library Association – Red Cedar Award (Non-fiction)  | 2007 | Short-listed
Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction  | 2005 | Commended
Olive Branch Book Award (Non-Fiction)  | 2007 | Winner
Rocky Mountain Book Award: Alberta Children’s Choice  | 2006 | Short-listed

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