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The Underground Reporters

by Kathy Kacer

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holocaust, prejudice & racism, social activists
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list price: $17.95
also available: eBook
published: Oct 2004
publisher: Second Story Press

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.

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
9 to 13
4 to 8
Reading age:
9 to 13
  • Short-listed, British Columbia Library Association – Red Cedar Award (Non-fiction)
  • Winner, Olive Branch Book Award (Non-Fiction)
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award: Alberta Children’s Choice
  • Commended, Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Award
  • Commended, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction
Editorial Reviews

Copies of the original editions and black-and-white photos salvaged from the war add to this incredible piece of Holocaust history.

— Kirkus Reviews

Interspersed with black-and-white photographs, stories and artwork from the newspapers is a riveting story of courage.

— Jewish Book World

A rich assortment of photographs and maps helps young readers connect with the people and places described in the book.

— Professionally Speaking (Ontario College of Teachers)

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.

— The Toronto Star

The Underground Reporters is an amazing story about survival, rather than death.

— Jewish Independent Online

The book can also be an inspiration for children about how the human spirit can triumph over adversity.

— CM Magazine

Readers will gain knowledge of the events that occurred during the beginning of World War II through the eyes of ordinary people.

— Resource Links

The undying spirit of the Jewish people during those dreadful times is emphasized, and descriptions of life in the camps are excellent.


The simple yet poignant style holds your attention.

— Association of Jewish Libraries

We need a book like this that reminds us there is always hope and the human spirit will always survive.

— Lethbridge Herald

Kacer's taut recounting of the grim background story highlights the brave gallantry of the children.

— City Parent

Historical settings are well researched and vivid…characters and plot are at the forefront.


This story is well-written and interesting, and meets the equity test.

— Voice (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario)

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