The Night Spies
by Kathy Kacer. Edited by Sarah Silberstein Swartz
Second Story Press, 2003, 197 pp., $5.95
How would you like to live in a space the size of your closet? For Max, Gabi, and her mother, this is a reality. Germany’s horrible dictator, Adolph Hitler, forces them into hiding in a dark, damp, cold barn where they live among animals.
Gabi and Max are two determined adolescents caught in the middle of World War II. During this time being Jewish meant living in concentration camps, hard labor, unbearable conditions, and, in most cases, death. This family finds a way to stay alive in hiding through the good graces of others—a priest, a family friend, and a gracious farmer. As any teens would, Gabi, Max, and their newfound friend Eva become curious about the war; they want to help. Sneaking out in the night, they dive head first into a new kind on danger they never knew before—the Nazi soldiers.
When they find an anti-Nazi group hiding in the forest, they realize just because they are young does not mean they cannot make a difference. But will the Nazi’s catch them? Will they be found in their hiding place? Will they starve to death? Or will they see the possibility of a brighter future once the war is over?
Like most adventures, this thrilling story is written with suspense; it has its ups and downs. The reader is left guessing what will happen each time Max, Gabi, and Eva go out for another dangerous journey. This wonderful story is based on real events and real characters.