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Call Across the Sea

Call Across the Sea

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–7
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.5.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9
W.5.1, 1a,1b,1c,1d,2,2a,2b,2c,2d,2e,3,3q,3b,3c,3d,3e,4,5,6,7,8.9.9a
L.5.1, 1a,1c,1e,2,2a,2b,2c,2d,2e,3,3a,4,4a,4b,4c,5,5a,5b,5c,,6

Reading Level: Lexile 780L
Hardcover : 9781773214788, 216 pages, February 2021 , 8.0" x 5.5"
Paperback : 9781773214795, 216 pages, February 2021 , 8.0" x 5.5"
Audiobook : 9781773214832, July 2023 Ebook (EPUB) : 9781773214801, March 2021


History is made one brave act at a time.

Henny has grown up with her father’s boat, the Gerda III, as a home away from home. She loves sailing the waters between Denmark and Sweden, carried along by the salt breeze. But when Nazi rule tightens in Copenhagen, Henny joins the resistance. And when Hitler orders the Gestapo to round up all Jewish citizens, Henny realizes that the Gerda III isn’t just a boat—it’s a means of escape for her Jewish neighbours. Safety and freedom are just across the channel in Sweden—as long as Henny doesn’t get caught. 

The fourth book in Kathy Kacer’s Heroes Quartet series, Call Across the Sea brings to life a little-known part of World War II and highlights the unsung acts of heroism that moved history forward.


“Packs in a thrilling escape and a heartwarming conclusion . . . Shows that hope is never lost when good people stand up.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 01/26/21

“A suspenseful, edge-of-the-chair novel.” 

- CM Reviews, 01/15/21

“Kathy Kacer has found a brilliant tempo with this book . . . Filled with lots of action, this would make a fantastic read aloud.”

- Compass Book Ratings, 03/28/21

“This fourth book in the historical fiction series is a strong addition that can stand alone. Readers will be encouraged by Henny’s bravery and may even see themselves in her story.” 

- School Library Journal, 04/30/21

“Portrays the basic elements of Henny’s amazing story in a format that is appealing to younger readers.” 

- LibrisNotes, 06/16/21

“Should resonate with this generation of middle school readers.”

- Association of Jewish Libraries, 09/21

“I was blown away by this book.”

- The Sydney Taylor Shmooze, 12/13/21