Winter is a busy writing and speaking time for me. I’ve had a whirlwind of school visits in the past few months and I’m always delighted to meet young readers who are captivated by my stories. My heartfelt thanks to the many students and staff who have hosted me in their schools. I am impressed by the thoughtful questions and comments of all who have read my books.
And speaking of books, I have a couple of new ones out, beginning with the third installment of the “Whispers” series. Whispers in Hiding (co-written with Sharon McKay) is a collection of real-life tales of courage and hope from survivors who managed to avoid being captured during the Holocaust. Sharon and I celebrated the launch of all three of the Whispers books back in November, in a wonderful event at Temple Sinai synagogue that was attended by hundreds of audience members along with 25 of the survivors whose stories we captured in this collection. I hope all of you have a chance to read the tales of these inspiring heroes.
The other project is a departure from my usual writing. I am very proud to announce that my first adult book will be out in about a month. Yes, I did say adult book! Restitution is the true story of one’s family’s journey to reclaim four oil paintings, stolen during the Holocaust, and then held captive in what once was Communist Czechoslovakia. It’s a remarkable story, and it involves the efforts of a diplomat at the Canadian Embassy in Prague as well as a hired art smuggler. It’s filled with adventure, espionnage, suspense, and mystery. And it’s true! - which makes it even more amazing. Stay tuned and I’ll bring you more information about that book launch coming up in April.