International Rights

The Brass Charm

By: Monique Polak
Illustrated by: Marie Lafrance
  • ISBN 9781443157582, Hardback
  • 32 Pages | Ages 5 - 9

A young girl’s grandmother gives her a brass charm, and passes along a story of hope and kindness during an unimaginable time.

Tali is staying at her Oma’s apartment after a storm demolishes their house. She is upset at losing everything. “People have survived worse,” says her mother — Oma survived World War Two, and never speaks of it. But that night, Oma shares her story of Holocaust survival, the brass monkey charm that she was given in the camp, and a message of kindness and perseverance in the face of disaster.

This book includes an author’s note, in which Monique Polak explains how it was inspired by her mother’s true experience at Terezin, a Nazi concentration camp in what is now the Czech Republic.

Rights Sold

French – Éditions Scholastic


Selling Points

  • There are few books on the Holocaust for this age level.
  • An afterword presents age-appropriate information about the Holocaust.
  • Being based on a true story makes the story very poignant.


  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2023
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2023