Hiding Edith is the remarkable story of a young girl and the village that helped her. Its mayor and citizens concealed the presence of hundreds of Jewish children who lived in a safe house.


  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award: Alberta Children’s Choice 2008
  • Short-listed, Canadian Library Association "Book of the Year for Children" 2007
  • Short-listed, Ontario Library Association - Golden Oak Award 2009
  • Winner, Yad Vashem Prize for Children's Holocaust Literature 2009
  • Winner, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award 2008
  • Winner, Ontario Library Association – Silver Birch Award (Non-Fiction) 2007
  • Commended, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-fiction 2006
  • Winner, Olive Branch Book Award (Non-Fiction) 2007
  • Commended, Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Award – A Notable Book for Older Readers 2007


Winning the Yad Vashem prize is a huge honor for Kathy and a source of great pride for Second Story Press and the Israeli publisher of the book, Schocken.


This book is quite interesting and the photos provide another layer of education. The author did an excellent job in telling the story of Edith Schwalb Gelbard.

- Holocaust Resources Blog

It is a tale that needed to be told, and told it is.

- The Globe and Mail

…this account of survivors uses the truth of a young child's viewpoint to move readers and bring history close.

- Booklist

Kacer expands upon her brilliant use of the Holocaust theme, found in The Secret of Gabi's Dresser and Clara's War.

- Voice (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario)

Kacer makes a difficult topic manageable for young readers, avoiding graphic horrors without trivializing the events.

- Resource Links

Kacer has made an engaging, intelligent story out of many hours of interviews with Edith Schwalb.

- Toronto Star

Edith's story stands out for its child-eyed perspective recounted in an easily readable, intriguing narrative.

- Kirkus Reviews

Facts about the Holocaust are presented deftly for young readers and are supplemented with black and white photos.

- Kliatt

The story is told in an engaging style and manages to present this dark period of history in a clear, interesting manner.

- Geist