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Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine
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Mar 01, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: audio-dvd-cd-and-multimedia, award-winning-and-honor-books, chapter-books, info-bks-bios
Read from March 01 to 04, 2010

Hana’s Suitcase has won many awards. It is recommended for students in grades 4-8. I listened to it in the form of an audio book. It is a true story when in March 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children's Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan. It read, Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, and Waisenkind, the German word for orphan. Everyone who saw the suitcase on display was full of questions and wanted the Holocaust education center director to find answers. In this audio book, the center director searches for clues across Europe and North America. The suitcase takes her back through seventy years, to a Czech town where Hana and her family lived and where their lives were dismantled by the invasion of the Nazis.

The account is a quick listen, and centers around the Holocaust, and a girl lost in this part of history. It includes many details and facts about the Holocaust, but is also a suspenseful mystery, as family drama, revelations, and the mystery of the suitcase is revealed. Listening to the story in an audiobook form really brings this story to life, and makes readers feel like they are back in this time period, as there are different voices for different people. The language used to explain this story also brought life and emotion to the story. Overall, it is an interesting and intriguing story that was very enjoyable to listen to, explaining well this tragic and heartbreaking time in history.

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message 1: by Lauma (new)

Lauma Great review! It would be interesting to learn how the Holocaust Center was able to track down Hana's information, and to learn of her personal struggles. It is very important for us to continue to teach this tragic time in history in a way that children will understand.

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