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.