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Gifts from the Enemy


“Teachers will want to read this story as an introduction to the Holocaust or to spark discussion about the importance of kindness in all of our lives.” –School Library Journal

“…deeply moving…. Even the smallest details are haunting.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Contemplative, gentle, and wise, Wiener’s story, told by Trudy Ludwig and depicted through Craig Orback’s tasteful yet realistic artwork, helps young readers understand the injustice of stereotyping and the poignancy of love and kindness, even if it must remain hidden.” –Foreword Reviews

 “This is an important book. It may be Trudy’s most important. It’s bold, it’s daring, it’s true and oh so needed.” –Dr. Michele Borba, TODAY show parenting contributor, child expert, and bestselling author

Gifts from the Enemy is breathtaking. It’s a valuable resource to help young people develop empathy, compassion, and caring.” –Stan Davis, a founding member of the International Bullying Prevention Association & co-author of Youth Voice Project: Student Insights into Bullying and Peer Mistreatment

Gifts from the Enemy is an extremely timely piece to help our children understand the power of their words and actions. This book is a must read for children and adults who work with them.” –Mary Yoder Holsopple, co-author of Building Peace: Overcoming Violence in Communities and Bullying Prevention Coordinator for over 20 Indiana schools

“This is a very important book, challenging the world’s most horrendous mind-sets, which must be confronted as boldly as possible. Trudy Ludwig’s writing is strong yet doesn’t preach and will help to make young readers understand and stand up against injustice.” –Gretchen Olson, President, Board of Directors, Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project   

Gifts from the Enemy is a very important story that illustrates in a unique, personal, and profound way how acts of kindness need to be acknowledged and celebrated.” –Jill Ann Slansky, Ed.D., President, Oregon Holocaust Resource Center

  • 2015 IBPA Gold Benjamin Franklin Award, Nonfiction, Ages 8-12
  • 2015 Comstock Read Aloud Honors
  • 2014 Oregon Spirit Honor Award
  • Starred Review, Jewish Book Council