The Night Spies
The Night Spies
By Kathy Kacer
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 to unknown fates. But she, her mother and her young cousin, Max, realize that they will never be safe in their town. With the help of a trusted friend, a kind-hearted priest and a poor yet brave farming family, they go into hiding in a tiny mountain village.
It takes great willpower and patience to endure months of fear in their cramped hiding space at the back of a barn. But one night, Gabi and Max can't stand the confinement any longer, and they sneak out for the first of many secret nighttime walks. Deep in the forest, the children make a discovery that turns out to be very useful to the anti-Nazi partisan soldiers camped out nearby. Through their new roles as scouts for the partisans, Gabi and Max find strength and courage, and a renewed sense of hope in dark times.
About the Author
Kathy Kacer’s books have won a number of awards, including the Silver Birch, the Red Maple, the Hackmatack, and the Jewish Book Award. A former psychologist, Kathy now travels the globe speaking to children and adults about the importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. Kathy lives in Toronto with her family.
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Release: May 7, 2003
5.5 x 7.5
Ages 9-13 / Grades 4-8
Guided Reading: Y
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> Historical Fiction
History & Social Studies
> War & Conflict
Awards for The Night Spies
2006 Red Cedar Book Award (B.C. Young Readers' Choice Award) Finalist
2004 Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Nominee
Praise for The Night Spies
"Kacer bases this story, like its predecessor (The Secret of Gabi's Dresser), on her mother’s real life, though with some changes, and this intersection of truth and fiction makes the story compelling and poignant.... Neatly presenting the complexity of the situation and of human nature to audiences aged 8 to 11, the narrative is simple but never simplistic. The photographs, Second World War history, and detailed chronology that Kacer includes give readers a helpful context for understanding the narrative, and make the book an excellent educational tool as well as an engaging read." - Quill & Quire
"The Night Spies is the third book in the Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers, and a worthy companion to the first two. Simply yet vividly, the author depicts the hardship and fear which inevitably permeated every facet of Jewish life in Czechoslovakia in 1944. In doing so, she enables her readers to understand more about events which must never be forgotten. Recommended." - The London Community News
"Based on a true story, The Night Spies keeps you reading chapter after chapter, wondering if the children will get caught during their nightly outings and whether the information they discover will help the partisans bring down the Nazis. While it’s a sad time, The Night Spies brings history alive while celebrating friendship and adventure." - North York Mirror
"The suspenseful story is paired with a deliberate style and well drawn characters." - Jewish Book World