The Secret of Priest's Grotto

A Holocaust Survival Story

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

According to legend, a group of Jewish families survived the Holocaust by hiding out for months in the 77 miles of caves in Ukraine known as Priest’s Grotto. Cavers Taylor and Nicola chronicle their trip to explore the caves and uncover the story of the survivors.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2007
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2007-01-01
Dewey 940.53'180922477
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
ATOS Reading Level 8.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 114796
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Awards, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2007
  • ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Silver Award, Runner-up, 2007
  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 2007
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor, Runner-up, 2007


AJL Newsletter

“Deserving of the over-used term “unique”…Priest’s Grotto is highly recommended."

Book Links

“Taylor and Nicola complement this lesser-known survival story with descriptions of their own exploration of the caves and recovered artifacts, interviews with survivors, and a blend of modern-day and period photographs.” —Book Links


“Part survival adventure, part searing history, and part discovery story…there’s no denying the power of [this amazing account]…”

Publishers Weekly

“At once sobering and uplifting, this is an astounding story of survival, powerfully told.” —Publishers Weekly

Author, Photographer: Christos Nicola

Christos Nicola, born in the United Kingdom, has devoted more than 30 years to the study and exploration of caves in the former Soviet Union, as well as in the Caribbean, Europe, and the Americas. He is the founder of the non-profit Ukrainian American Youth Caver Exchange Foundation, a student exchange program dedicated to fostering relationships between young American and Ukrainian caving enthusiasts.

Author, Photographer: Peter Lane Taylor

Peter Lane Taylor is an award-winning writer, photographer, and filmmaker specializing in science, adventure, and exploration, whose work has taken him to some of the rarest and most extreme locations on Earth. His articles have appeared in National Geographic, Ranger Rick, and Outside, while his films have been shown on The Learning Channel and PBS. Taylor is a co-founder of Frontier Media Ventures (, a media firm specializing in science and adventure.