The Brushmaker's Daughter

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Praise & Recognition

"The unimaginable is made alive, heart-wrenching, and reachable for modern young readers." Starred Review.

Kirkus Reviews

"The Brushmaker’s Daughter can be used in a teaching unit about the Holocaust, and it would be an suitable accompaniment to her excellent nonfiction books, among them The Underground Reporters and Hiding Edith."

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Tinlids: Maria Recommends - Fall 2020 Children's 2020 - Commended

Diamond Willow - Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards 2021 - Short-listed

CCBC's Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People 2021 - Short-listed

Lillian and her father avoid capture by the Nazis with the help of a real-life hero.

It is 1939 in Berlin, Germany, and twelve-year-old Lillian and her Papa are on the run from Nazi soldiers. Because they are Jewish, they are in danger of being arrested and put in prison. Lillian's father is blind and it seems no one is willing to help them, until they meet Otto Weidt. Mr. Weidt runs a factory that makes brushes for the Nazi army, and his secret is that he employs blind Jewish workers. Lillian soon learns that Otto Weidt is determined to keep her, Papa, and all the Jewish workers safe. But will he be able to? Inspired by a true story.

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Publication Date: September 22, 2020

Reading Age: 9 - 12

Reading Level: W

Genre: Children's Fiction

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 120

ISBN: 978-1-77260-138-1

Kathy Kacer

About the Author

Kathy Kacer

Kathy Kacer’s books have won a number of awards, including the Silver Birch 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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