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Louder Than Words

Louder Than Words

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–7
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: L.6.3,4,4a,4b,4d,5,5a,5c,6

Reading Level: Lexile 710L
Paperback : 9781773213545, 240 pages, April 2020 , 8.0" x 5.5"
Hardcover : 9781773213552, 240 pages, April 2020 , 8.0" x 5.5"
Audiobook : 9781773218250, July 2023 Ebook (EPUB) : 9781773213569, 240 pages, April 2020


Heroic actions speak volumes in a powerful middle grade novel based on real WWII events, set in Ukraine.

"[a] unique perspective on the Holocaust..."—starred review, School Libary Journal

Life is becoming ever more terrifying for the Jewish community as the Second World War envelops their lives. For twelve-year-old Dina and her sisters, things get even harder when their father dies. Their mother must go back to work and despite many objections, the family adjusts to the arrival of their new housekeeper, Nina, who is not Jewish. But Nina’s role changes dramatically when the Nazis invade their small Ukrainian town. Nina sacrifices her own safety to make sure the children she has come to love are kept from the clutches of the Nazis, and Dina comes to depend on her in a way she never imagined she would.

The third novel in Kathy Kacer’s acclaimed Heroes Quartet series, Louder Than Words is based on the true story of one woman’s incredible heroism in the most dangerous of circumstances. It is another affecting testament to the unsung heroes of World War II who, at great personal risk, saved the lives of strangers.


  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2020
  • Joint winner, Best Bets List, Top Ten, Ontario Library Association 2021


“An accessible and absorbing portrait of empathy, character, and moral courage, relevant for modern times.” 

- Kirkus Reviews, 01/21/20

“Riveting not only for its content, but also because of its fast pace and well-developed characters.” 

- CM Reviews, 01/27/20

“A beautifully written, powerful story that needs to be shared.” 

- Home School by the Beach, 12/19/20

“Worthy of five out of five stars!” 

- Christian Author Chick, 12/13/19

“This unique perspective on the Holocaust provides a powerful story that focuses on the importance of understanding and love.” 

- School Library Journal, *starred review, 04/20


- A Beauty & Her Books, 04/13/20

“Definitely purchasing . . . this was a compelling read.”

- Ms. Yingling Reads, 04/18/20

“This story needs to be read and remembered.” 

- Kiss the Book, 07/14/20

“This is a book that belongs on any library shelf.” 

- Association of Jewish Libraries, 09/20

“A pro­file in true, self­less courage, spot­light­ing a role mod­el from whom read­ers can learn and por­tray­ing a fam­i­ly of brave young girls with whom they can iden­ti­fy.” 

- Jewish Book Council, 02/22/21

“[A] well written novel for younger readers that features a true heroine.” 

- Libris Notes, 05/26/21