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The Reading Club's Featured Books

Our featured selections are award-winning books that are obtainable in print from libraries and bookstores, and are also available in alternate formats (electronic or braille). Grade levels are approximate.


5-8

Hana's Suitcase: A True Story

By Karen Levine

2003. Albert Whitman & Company


Available in braille or electronic formats from the following sources:

1. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Free loan to registered users. Users must register with their cooperating library.
www.loc.gov/nls/
(202) 707-5100



Hana was a Jewish child living with her parents and older brother George in Nove Mesto, Czechoslovakia as World War II was occurring. Over time her childhood changed as more and more restrictions were placed on Jews. Hana watched as first her mother and then her father were taken away by the Nazis. Eventually she and her brother, George, were sent to a ghetto to live for 2 years. Hana was then sent to a concentration camp. Hana's story is told in alternating chapters with the story of Fumiko Ishioka, who works at the Tokyo Holocaust Center. As part of an exhibit to teach children about the Holocaust, Fumiko obtains Hana's suitcase. Her research to learn about Hana's fate is intertwined with the story of Hana's short life.

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Kid-Friendly Web Sites

• Hana's Suitcase - A web site developed by Hana's family.
• Hana's Suitcase: A Documentary - A documentary aired on CBS in 2001 and produced by Karen Levine, the author.





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