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"[A] narrative of unfathomable courage... Ms. Strauss does her readers—and her subjects—a worthy service by returning to this appalling history of the courage of women caught up in a time of rapacity and war." —Wall Street Journal

The Nine follows the true story of my great aunt Hélène Podliasky, who led a band of nine female resistance fighters as they escaped a German forced labor camp and made a ten-day journey across the front lines of WWII.


I am also the author of The Hiding Game, a picture book; Trail of Stones, a book of poetry, with illustrations by Anthony Browne; The Night Shimmy, a children's book with the same illustrator; and Ruth and the Green Book.


My poems, short stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals including Catapult, The New Republic, London Sunday Times, New England Review, Kenyon Review, Tampa Review and Antioch Review among others.


I am the director of the Dora Maar House and Hôtel de Tingry, an international artists residency program based in Ménerbes, France, where I live with my family and my dog Zola.

The Hiding Game

The Hiding Game, released in February 2017.


We received A Parent's Choice Award.

"The Hiding Game... is riveting, the truth undeniable, the heroes all but forgotten. A picture book not to be missed."
--Jane Yolen, author of The Devil's Arithmetic

"Gripping and intense"

Ruth and the Green Book

  • ALA 2011 Most Notable Middle Grade Reader
  • Named one of ten books "All Young Georgians Should Read" by Georgia Center for the Book
  • ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award
  • Skipping Stones Book Award
  • Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children
  • Independent Publisher Book Award
  • Whitney and Scott Cordozo Award for Children's Literature
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
  • Honor book for the Jane Adam's Peace Prize
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices
  • Jefferson Cup Award finalist