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The Underground Reporters

by Kathy Kacer

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holocaust, prejudice & racism, social activists
list price: $17.95
also available: eBook
published: 2004
publisher: Second Story Press
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
9 to 13
4 to 8
Reading age:
9 to 13
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  • Winner, Olive Branch Book Award (Non-Fiction)
  • Short-listed, British Columbia Library Association – Red Cedar Award (Non-fiction)
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award: Alberta Children’s Choice
  • Commended, Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Award
  • Commended, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction
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In a quiet village in Czechoslovakia, laws restricted the freedom of Jewish people during WWII. A small plot of land by the river was allocated to the village’s Jewish youth, and it was here that some brave young people decided to create a newspaper.

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Editorial Reviews

Readers will gain knowledge of the events that occurred during the beginning of World War II through the eyes of ordinary people.

— Resource Links

The simple yet poignant style holds your attention.

— Association of Jewish Libraries

The Underground Reporters is an amazing story about survival, rather than death.

— Jewish Independent Online

Interspersed with black-and-white photographs, stories and artwork from the newspapers is a riveting story of courage.

— Jewish Book World

Kacer makes these children come alive, leading her readers into the story as if it were a novel, while commemorating the lives of the kids.

— The Toronto Star

Copies of the original editions and black-and-white photos salvaged from the war add to this incredible piece of Holocaust history.

— Kirkus Reviews

Historical settings are well researched and vivid…characters and plot are at the forefront.


This story is well-written and interesting, and meets the equity test.

— Voice (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario)

The book can also be an inspiration for children about how the human spirit can triumph over adversity.

— CM Magazine

Kacer's taut recounting of the grim background story highlights the brave gallantry of the children.

— City Parent

A rich assortment of photographs and maps helps young readers connect with the people and places described in the book.

— Professionally Speaking (Ontario College of Teachers)

We need a book like this that reminds us there is always hope and the human spirit will always survive.

— Lethbridge Herald

The undying spirit of the Jewish people during those dreadful times is emphasized, and descriptions of life in the camps are excellent.

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