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Children's Fiction Holocaust

The Secret of Gabi's Dresser

by (author) Kathy Kacer

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Jan 1999
Holocaust, General
Recommended Age
9 to 13
Recommended Grade
4 to 8
Recommended Reading age
9 to 13
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 1999
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jan 1999
    List Price

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From award-winning author Kathy Kacer – Gabi, our heroine, recounts how as a young Jewish girl she lived on a family farm in Eastern Europe during the Second World War. She describes her community before the Nazi occupation and the events that unfolded af

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


  • Nominated, Red Cedar Book Award (British Columbia)
  • Winner, Hackmatack Chidren's Choice Book Award (Atlantic Canada)
  • Winner, Canadian Jewish Book Award - Young Adult
  • Winner, Silver Birch Award (Ontario Library Association)
  • Nominated, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction

Editorial Reviews

An insightful, educational and deeply moving work of historical fiction guaranteed to impact readers of all ages.

Canadian Jewish News

Gabi's story is a simple, brave affirmation of what courage, ingenuity and luck can accomplish under the worst conditions, situations we hope and pray will not repeat themselves in our children's lifetimes.

The Telegram

There have been many books published in the last decade on this subject, the inhumane treatment of Jews during the Second World War, but readers, don't dismiss this title. 3 out of 4 stars.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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