When faced with the prospect of deportation to a ghetto or concentration camp, many Jews tried to find ways to hide. Whether in the attic of a neighbour's house, in a cave on a hilltop, or within the stacks of hay in a barn, those in hiding often had to change their identity and conceal their Jewish roots. Hiding meant going hungry for weeks or months, being left in the cold, and living in constant fear of being discovered. But due to the kindness of strangers or the quick thinking of the children in these stories, they lived to tell their tales.
About the authors
Sharon McKay is an award-winning author of many books for parents and children, including Penelope from the Our Canadian Girl series. Her first young adult novel, Charlie Wilcox, won the Geoffrey Bilson Award and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award. Charlie Wilcox's Great War, the sequel, was nominated for a 2003 Red Maple Award. Esther, her most recent novel for young adults, was shortlisted for a 2004 Governor General's Award.
Kathy Kacer est une auteure primée qui a écrit de nombreux livres sur l'holocauste pour les jeunes lecteurs, dont The Magician of Auschwitz, L'histoire d'Edith, Le journal de Sara et Les espions de la nuit. Elle s'estime honorée de contribuer à faire connaître l'histoire familiale de Jenny Kay Dupuis. Kathy vit avec sa famille à Toronto.
Kathy Kacer has won many awards for her writing, including the American Jewish Library Association Award. In 1999, she wrote the first book in Second Story's Holocaust Remembrance Series, The Secret of Gabi's Dresser. Since then, she's penned four other books in the series. Kacer now writes about the Holocaust for young readers and travels the country speaking about it. Kacer lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her family.
Whispers in Hiding (Whispers)In this third instalment of the series, readers meet 11 Jewish children who hid in attics, caves, haystacks and anywhere else they could find to avoid capture in Nazi-occupied Europe. They changed their identities, went hungry and lived in constant fear but somehow survived to recount their inspiring stories so many years later. An introduction, map and glossary accompany these riveting stories of struggle, resistance and courage.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.
Other titles by Sharon McKay
Reinvesting in Families
Strengthening Child Welfare Practice for a Brighter Future
The Graphic Novel
Awakening the Spirit
Moving Forward in Child Welfare: Voices from the Prairies
Thunder Over Kandahar
Our Canadian Girl Penelope
Passion for Action in Child and Family Services
Voices from the Prairies