The Children’s Republic

Afterword by: Amanda West Lewis

Foreword by: Stephanie Levitz

Confined within the walls of the Warsaw Ghetto, Dr. Janusz Korczak struggles to protect the children at his orphanage from the horrors of the Second World War. There is not enough food or pairs of eyes to keep watch over them. Between a troublemaking thief, an abandoned girl, a malnourished boy, and a violin prodigy, Janusz has his hands full, but together they fight for beauty and hope in a world crumbling around them.

Based on the WWII advocacy work of Dr. Janusz Korczak, The Children’s Republic is a reminder of the hope that can still be found in a world devoid of freedom and the necessities of life.


Amanda West Lewis

Amanda West Lewis has built a life filled with words on the page and on the stage, combining careers as a writer, theatre director, and calligrapher. She is the artistic director and founder of the Ottawa Children’s Theatre, a company dedicated to enriching young lives through drama. Amanda holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, with a specialist certificate in writing picture books. Her published work includes seven books for children and youth ranging from historical YA fiction to craft and picture books. A professional calligrapher, her work has been featured in international shows and she has taught the history of letterform throughout Ontario. She is passionate about the importance of arts education for all ages. You can find more about Amanda at, on Facebook at @amandawest.lewis, and on Twitter at @AmandaWestLewis.


“Moscovitch’s truthful and nuanced dialogue tells the story of The Children’s Republic with great dexterity and heart, creating characters so palpably real it’s all you can do to not leap out of your chair and try to save them.”
“Hannah Moscovitch has found a fresh window into one of the most extensively documented horrors of the Second World War.”


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144 Pages
8.25in * 5.37in * .40in


March 08, 2022



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