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The Sound of Freedom

by Kathy Kacer

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list price: $18.95
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published: March 2018
ISBN:9781554519705
publisher: Annick Press
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Anna and her family have only one hope left to escape certain doom. It’s 1936 and life is becoming dangerous for the Jews of Krakow. As incidents of violence and persecution increase day by day, Anna begs her father to leave Poland, but he insists it’s impossible. How could he give up his position as an acclaimed clarinetist in the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra? When Anna and her father barely escape from a group of violent thugs, it becomes clear that the family must leave. But how? There seems to be only one possibility. Bronislaw Huberman, a world-renowned violinist, is auditioning Jewish musicians for a new orchestra in Palestine. If accepted, they and their families will receive exit visas. Anna and her grandmother boldly write to Huberman asking him to give Anna’s father an audition, but will that be enough to save them? This poignant story is based on real events in pre-war Poland and Palestine.  After saving seven hundred Jews and their families, Huberman went on to establish what later became the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.   Against an ominous background of the impending Holocaust in Europe and the first Arab-Israeli war, The Sound of Freedom still manages to remind the reader of the goodness in the world.

About the Author

Kathy Kacer has won many awards for her books about the holocaust for young readers, including Hiding Edith, The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser, Clara’s War and The Underground Reporters. A former psychologist, Kathy tours North America speaking to young people about the importance of remembering the Holocaust. For more information, visit www.kathykacer.com.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Joint winner, Bank Street of College of Education, Best Children’s Books of the Year
  • Joint winner, 2019 USBBY Outstanding International Books List
  • Commended, 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Awards, Notable Book, Association of Jewish Libraries
  • Joint winner, Top Shelf Fiction Award, VOYA
  • Short-listed, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Editorial Reviews

“Written with deep sensibility and care, The Sound of Freedom is a good introduction to the horrors of the Holocaust for young readers. Brave Anna and her family make sacrifices, overcome grief, and find healing in connection, love, and the power of music. Highly recommended for readers aged 10 and up.” —Historical Novel Society, 02/07/18

— Historical Novel Society

“Another fine tale spun by veteran Holocaust children’s writer Kathy Kacer.” —Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews, 11/18

— Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews

“A needed addition to any historical fiction collection that seeks to educate students about the Holocaust. This book could even be used in musical curriculum as a fiction connection . . . Highly Recommended.” —School Library Connection, *starred review, 03/18

— School Library Connection

“A fine historical fiction addition to all library shelves.” —School Library Journal, 02/18

— School Library Journal

“This straightforward tale of some lesser-known aspects of the time period provides a welcome spark of optimism.” —Kirkus Reviews, 01/22/18

— Kirkus Reviews

“Well-crafted and heartwarming . . . an amazing story of perseverance and strength in the hardest situation possible.” —CM Reviews, 02/15/19

— CM Reviews

“Agreeable read.” —Booklist, 03/01/18

— Booklist

“A vivid portrait of how exhausting and distressing it must be for any minority group living under a repressive regime. It is also a striking illustration of the difficulties they face when starting over in a strange place.” —Quill & Quire, 04/18

— Quill & Quire

“An interesting coming of age novel, well-written, and well researched.” —The Children’s War, 07/28/18

— The Children’s War

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