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Children's Fiction Holocaust

The Brushmaker's Daughter

by (author) Kathy Kacer

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Holocaust, Prejudice & Racism, Europe
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
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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 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.

About the author


Kathy Kacer est une auteure primée qui a écrit de nombreux livres sur l'holocauste pour les jeunes lecteurs, dont The Magician of Auschwitz, L'histoire d'Edith, Le journal de Sara et Les espions de la nuit. Elle s'estime honorée de contribuer à faire connaître l'histoire familiale de Jenny Kay Dupuis. Kathy vit avec sa famille à Toronto.


Kathy Kacer has won many awards for her writing, including the American Jewish Library Association Award. In 1999, she wrote the first book in Second Story's Holocaust Remembrance Series, The Secret of Gabi's Dresser. Since then, she's penned four other books in the series. Kacer now writes about the Holocaust for young readers and travels the country speaking about it. Kacer lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her family.

Kathy Kacer's profile page


  • Short-listed, CCBC's Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
  • Short-listed, Diamond Willow - Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards
  • Commended, Tinlids: Maria Recommends - Fall 2020 Children's

Editorial 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

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

Kirkus Reviews

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