The Brushmaker's Daughter

  • Pages:120
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Series: The Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers
  • Themes:Jewish chlidren Holocaust, Otto Veidt, hidden Jewish children
  • Available:09/22/2020
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:710L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:W
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 soon 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.

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

– Kirkus 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
Tinlids: Maria Recommends - Fall 2020 Children's   | 2020  |  Commended
Diamond Willow - Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards   | 2021  |  Short-listed
CCBC's Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People   | 2021  |  Short-listed