The Secret of Gabi's Dresser

The Secret of Gabi's Dresser


By Kathy Kacer


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 Second World War. She describes her community before the Nazi occupation and the events that unfolded afterwards. When the Nazis conducted house searches for Jewish children, Gabi successfully hid in the dining-room dresser. The only thing retrieved from the home after the war was the dresser that saved Gabi's life. It now sits in author Kathy Kacer's home in Toronto. Kacer is Gabi's daughter, and has based the story on her mother's experiences.

A Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers

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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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Product Information

  • Release: April 13, 1999

  • $7.95 Paperback

  • 128 Pages

  • 5.25 x 7.5

  • Children's Fiction

  • Ages 9-13 / Grades 4-8

  • Lexile: 800L Guided Reading: Y

  • ISBN: 9781896764153


  • Character Education
    > Prejudice & Tolerance

  • Language Arts
    > Historical Fiction

  • History & Social Studies
    > War & Conflict

Awards for The Secret of Gabi's Dresser

  • 2000 Silver Birch Fiction Award Winner - Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading

  • 2000/01 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award Winner

  • 2000 Canadian Jewish Book Award - Young Adult Category Winner

  • 1999 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction Nominee

  • 2002 Red Cedar Book Award (B.C. Young Readers' Choice) Nominee

Praise for The Secret of Gabi's Dresser

"An insightful, educational and deeply moving work of historical fiction guaranteed to impact readers of all ages." - Canadian Jewish News

" absorbing story about a piece of Second World War history that is new to young readers of this genre. Recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Gabi's story is a simple, brave affirmation of what courage, ingenuity and luck can accomplish under the worst conditions, situations we hope and pray will not repeat themselves in our children's lifetimes." - The Telegram

"Kacer creates feelings of terror and tension as she deftly crafts her realistic story. Highly recommended." - Canadian Book Review Annual