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Praise & Recognition

"Spring has created a memorable, must-be-read testimonial for Jews and Gentiles alike."

Books in Canada

"Suspenseful, fast-paced and detailed with historical information."

Canadian Children's Book News

"An important story, not just for its historical merit. It is an example to inspire young people."

CM Magazine

"Sping has carefully crafted this historical action, with a satisfying ending, including photos that bring the story to life."

Jewish Book World
"Photographs at the end of this book add to its power and the courage of its protagonists." Resource Links

"The story teaches young readers the value of sticking to one’s conviction – even in the face of unthinkable evil."

Calgary's Child

"Written in a frank and compelling manner, The Righteous Smuggler doesn't shy away from the brutality of the Holocaust. There are many page-turning moments, as Hendrik witnesses Jews being carted off by Nazis or must divert soldiers' attention away from his Jewish friends. Hendrik admits his fears in these instances, but they are overcome by his disgust with them...Spring's style of writing makes completely believable the way in which Hendrik comes by his convictions and the fact that he has the courage to fight for them. The ending of the story – an epilogue in which Hendrik, in 2000, is honored as a 'righteous gentile' at Yad Vashem in Israel – is quite moving. It accentuates the goodness that exists in humanity and is a positive way to conclude a heroic tale."

The Jewish Independent

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Righteous Smuggler. It draws the reader into the horrors of World War II, yet shows the importance of the good side of humanity. This exceptionally written historical fiction novel is an excellent read for grade six and up. I rate The Righteous Smuggler five stars."


"Hurray for The Righteous Smuggler! Finally, after a long wait, an excellent work of Holocaust fiction featuring a boy. The male perspective is important because most boys will only read books about boys...Close calls, quick wits, sheer luck and acts of small and large kindnesses abound in this exciting sea-faring adventure. The Righteous Smuggler honors the men, women and children of the Netherlands who acted on their convictions to rescue their Jewish compatriots."

Ottawa Jewish Bulletin

Hendrik hatches a daring plan to help smuggle his Jewish friends out of Amsterdam and away from the reach of the Nazis during the Second World War.

During World War II, Hendrik, the son of a fisherman, notices his Jewish friends being ostracized. When he realizes the danger that Hitler’s policies ultimately mean for his friends and their families, he hatches a plan to smuggle them out of the country by boat.

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Publication Date: January 1, 2005

Reading Age: 9 - 12

Product Format: E-book – EPUB

Pages: 160

ISBN: 978-1-926739-61-8

About the Author

Debbie Spring

Debbie Spring’s short stories and articles have been published in newspapers, magazines, journals, and books in the United States and Canada. She has appeared on CTV and CBC radio, and has talked with over 3000 students about the Holocaust. Debbie lives in Toronto and is available for author visits. This is her second book for young readers.
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