Kathy Kacer

Kathy has won many awards for her writing, including the Silver Birch, the Red Maple, the Hackmatack and the Jewish Book Award. In 1999 she wrote her first book in Second Story's Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers, The Secret of Gabi's Dresser. Since then she has penned seven other books for the series: The Underground Reporters, Clara's War, The Night Spies, Hiding Edith, The Diary of Laura's Twin, and To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St. Louis. She is the editor of We Are Their Voice: Young People Respond to the Holocaust. Her first adult book is the non-fiction Restitution: A family's fight for their heritage lost in the Holocaust. Her most recent work is a children's picture book The Magician of Auschwitz, illustrated by Gillian Newland.

The rights to Kathy's books have been sold to many countries including Germany, China, Italy, Thailand, England, Japan, and Slovenia. She has adapted The Secret of Gabi's Dresser into a successful play. A former psychologist who worked with troubled teens, Kathy now writes about the Holocaust for young readers and travels the country speaking about it. She also addresses adults about how to teach sensitive material to young children. Kathy lives in Toronto with her family.

Kathy Kacer is available for school and library readings, workshops, and presentations. Click here to visit Kathy Kacer's website

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Click here to watch an interview with Kathy about her book Restitution: A family's fight for their heritage lost in the Holocaust

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Read an interview with Kathy on The Whole Megillah about writing the Holocaust and her new picture book The Magician of Auschwitz.

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Previous titles by Kathy Kacer


We Are Their Voice

Do young people today find meaning in the Holocaust? This question prompted a writing project that brought heartfelt responses from students from across North America and abroad. Their voices – in... more

I Am Not a Number

When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she... more

The Magician of Auschwitz

Winner of the 2015 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award - Picture Book category.Magic can be found in the darkest of places...It is the time of the Second World War, and Werner ... more

Shanghai Escape

Shanghai, China is a strange place for a young Jewish girl from Vienna…   But that is where Lily Toufar finds herself in 1938. She and her family have left their home to find safety far away... more

To Hope and Back

An ocean-liner carrying Jewish passengers can find no safe harbour... Lisa and Sol board the luxury ship St. Louis in Hamburg, Germany on May 13, 1939 with mixed feelings. Lisa and her family are... more


Europe, on the eve of the Second World War, and a Jewish family feels the Nazi danger closing in... Led by their indomitable mother, Marie, the Reesers make a daring escape from under the watchful... more

The Diary of Laura's Twin

A mysterious diary links modern-day Laura to Sara, a young Jewish girl fighting to stay alive during WWII... Laura has just three weeks to go before her Jewish coming of age ceremony, called a Ba... more

Hiding Edith

The true story of Edith Schwalb, a young Jewish girl who was saved from the Nazis by the courage of the entire French village of Moissac. Edith's story is remarkable not only for her own bravery, ... more

The Underground Reporters

In Budejovice, a quiet village in Czechoslovakia, laws and rules were introduced to restrict the freedom of Jewish people during the dark days of World War II. A small plot of land by the river was... more

The Night Spies

Based on real events and real characters... It is the middle of World War II, and Gabi and her mother have been lucky so far, eluding the grasp of Nazi soldiers who are sending Jewish people away ... more

Clara's War

From the Silver Birch Award-winning author of The Secret of Gabi's Dresser... It's a dangerous time for thirteen-year-old Clara and her family. They have just been imprisoned in Terezin (Terezinst... more

The Secret of Gabi's Dresser

Based on the true story of how the author's mother was hidden from the Nazis... The heroine, Gabi, recounts how as a young Jewish girl she lived on a family farm in Eastern Europe during the Seco... more