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Children's Nonfiction Holocaust

One More Border

The True Story of One Family's Escape From War-Torn Europe

by (author) Bill Kaplan & Shelley Tanaka

illustrated by Stephen Taylor

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2004
Holocaust, Military & Wars, General
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2004
    List Price

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Where to buy it

Out of print

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An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists

During World War II, as Nazi troops took over Europe, hundreds of thousands of Jews tried to flee Hitler's advance. Most did not escape the Holocaust. The Kaplans -- Igor, his little sister, Nomi, and their parents, Bernard and Nadja -- were one of the lucky families. As the war progressed, borders shut down and the rest of the world became less and less willing to accept refugees.

In the end, the Kaplans found themselves trying to make their way to safety by the only route available -- three-quarters of the way around the world by train and ship, across Russia to Japan and finally to North America. This is the story of the family's brave and harrowing journey.

About the authors

William Kaplan is a lawyer and author of several adult books about historical and political issues, as well as One More Border. He lives in Toronto.

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SHELLEY TANAKA is an award-winning author, translator and editor. She has written more than twenty books for children and young adults, winning the Orbis Pictus Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Science in Society Book Award and the Information Book Award, and she has twice been nominated for the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis. Other honors include Texas Blue Bonnet runner-up, School Library Journal Best Books, ALA Notables and IRA Young Adults’ Choice. Her translation of Michel Noel’s Good for Nothing won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and was on the IBBY Honor List (Commended). Shelley teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts, in the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.


Shelley Tanaka's profile page

During his twenty-five years of practice as an herbalist, Stephen Taylor has explored the traditional foundations of Western medicine, drawing inspiration from the ancient herbalists Hippocrates and Galen, and the medieval herbalist Nicholas Culpeper. While exploring the surviving folk traditions of Europe, he has also trained in Eastern and African traditions of ancient medicine. Having made extensive visits to learn from the traditional healers of Africa, he eventually became initiated as a traditional healer and diviner himself. He continues to practice herbal medicine, teach, and research, and he grows and produces many of his own medicines.

Stephen Taylor's profile page


  • Winner, Parent Council Outstanding Selection
  • Commended, VOYA Non-fiction Award
  • Winner, American Bookseller Pick of the Lists

Editorial Reviews

A stirring picture book...


Illustrated with attractive watercolors...

Publishers Weekly

An outstanding book and an excellent example of how Holocaust-related material can be presented with discretion and sensitivity to children.

Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

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