Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 12
- Grade: 3 to 7
A holiday treat for fans of the Dear Canada Series, and all lovers of historical fiction!
Holiday cheer really does go a long way. Devorah is still trying to make others aware of the desperate plight of Jews in Europe under Hitler's Nazi regime. And she's still worried about her brothers overseas, one a pilot with the RAF, one in a Japanese POW camp. A forced visit with her no-nonsense Zionist grandmother, and helping out a neighbour who has lost two sons to the War, give Dev a different take on what really makes a difference in people's lives.
This short story was originally published in Dear Canada: A Christmas to Remember, a collection featuring many of Canada's top writers for children, including Jean Little, Sarah Ellis, Maxine Trottier, and more. New readers will adore this stand-alone holiday tale, while fans of the Series will recognize the voice of Devorah, whom they first met in the award-winning Dear Canada book Turned Away.
Collect all 12 Dear Canada Christmas stories this season and enjoy a very happy holiday!
About the author
Carol Matas is an internationally acclaimed author of over thirty-five novels for children and young adults. Her best-selling work, which includes three award-winning series, has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Taiwanese, Turkish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, German, French, Indonesian and Russian.
A graduate of the Actor's Lab, in London England, Carol first earned a B.A. (English) from The University of Western Ontario. Her teaching experience includes Artists in the School, Manitoba Arts Council;visiting professor at Bemidji State University, Minnesota; and a Creative Writing instructor, Continuing Education Division, The University of Winnipeg. Carol is an inspiring and passionate speaker who is frequently invited to address children and adults alike across North America.
Carol writes contemporary and historical fiction, as well as science fiction and fantasy. She first began writing historical fiction when her Danish husband told her stories about his parents' experiences fighting the Nazis in World War II. She has often written about Jewish themes, and is well known for her books concerning the Holocaust, writing Daniel's Story at the request of The United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Over the years, her knack for successfully infusing serious and thought-provoking issues into an action-driven format has kept readers of all ages engaged.
The list of awards for her books is long, and includes two Sydney Taylor awards, The Geoffrey Bilson award, a Silver Birch award, The Jewish Book Award, as well as the inclusion of her books on many honour lists, such as the ALA notable list, The New York Times Review notable list, The New York Public Library list for the Teen Age, and the Voya books in the middle, Best Book list. She has also been nominated for the Governor General Award twice.
More information is about Carol is available on her web site: http://www.carolmatas.com.
Other titles by Carol Matas
How Animals See the World
A Struggle for Hope
Dear Canada: Footsteps In the Snow
The Red River Diary of Isobel Scott, Rupert's Land, 1815
Dear Canada: A Time for Giving: Ten Tales of Christmas
Cher Journal : Fragments du passé
Rose Rabinowitz, survivante de l'Holocauste, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1948
The Lost Locket
Greater Than Angels
Au Canada : Derrière les lignes ennemies
Deuxième Guerre mondiale, Sam Frederiksen, L'Europe sous la domination nazie, 1944