The Secret of Gabi's Dresser

  • Pages:128
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:World War Two, Second World War, Nazis Occupation, Courage, True Story
  • Pub Date:04/13/1999
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:800L
During WWI, when the Nazis conducted house searches for Jewish children, Gabi successfully hid in the dining-room dresser. The dresser that saved Gabi’s life now sits in author Kathy Kacer’s home in Toronto.
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 Magazine
An insightful, educational and deeply moving work of historical fiction guaranteed to impact readers of all ages.
– Canadian Jewish News
Kathy Kacer is a fabulous writer who paints a picture in your mind. Through her writing she expresses so much depth and passion that you feel that you are watching things being acted out. The Secret of Gabi's Dresser rightfully earns five stars!
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
Kacer creates feelings of terror and tension as she deftly crafts her realistic story. Highly recommended.
In The Secret of Gabi's Dresser, parents and educators will find an indisposable resource for the challenging task of teaching kids about the Holocaust... The Secret of Gabi's Dresser will have readers young and old alike turning the pages eagerly, unable to put down this gripping story until its completion.
– The Canadian Jewish News
British Columbia Library Association – Red Cedar Award (Fiction)   | 2002  |  Short-listed
Canadian Jewish Book Award (Young Adult Fiction)   | 2000  |  Winner
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, Canadian Children's Book Centre   | 1999  |  Commended
Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award   | 2001  |  Winner
Ontario Library Association – Silver Birch Award (Fiction)   | 2000  |  Winner