Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Today's Book: Hana's Suitcase

Karen Levine:
Hana's Suitcase

In the spring of 2000, Fumiko Ishioka, the curator of a small Holocaust education centre for children in Tokyo, received a very special shipment for an exhibit she was planning. She had asked the curators at the Auschwitz museum if she could borrow some artifacts connected to the experience of children at the camp. Among the items she received was an empty suitcase. From the moment she saw it, Fumiko was captivated by the writing on the outside that identified its owner - Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, Waisenkind (the German word for orphan). Children visiting the centre were full of questions. Who was Hana Brady? Where did she come from? What was she like? How did Hana become an orphan? What happened to her?
Fueled by the children’s curiosity and her own need to know, Fumiko began a year of detective work, scouring the world for clues to the story of Hana Brady. Writer Karen Levine follows Fumiko in her search through history, from present-day Japan, Europe and North America back to 1938 Czechoslovakia and the young Hana Brady, a fun-loving child with a passion for ice skating. Together with Fumiko, we learn of Hana's loving parents and older brother, George, and discover how the family's happy life in a small town was turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis.

THIS BOOK IS INCREDIBLE!!!!It's a true story! I borrowed this book from library like two months ago and my borrowing time was getting old..and I renew it couple of times. And finally last week I read this book. It took me 1/2hours! I had to read it. Fast. And when I finished it, Brian took it. And he read it right after me. Fast. Incredible story. HOW MUCH THE LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN SUFFERING!!!Too much.
Anyways, when Brian was reading this book, I jumped to the computer and search this "canadian man" ,what the book is talking about ( I won't tell you any details, read it first :)!). Also I wrote email to them, I had to thank them for writing just a amazing book. They shared their life, there is lots of to learn...As you can say already, I love history books :)!




Niina Än. said...

Mä luin ton kanssa suomeks. Pidin myös siitä. Anne Frankia tai muita holocaust kirjoja en olekaan sit pahemmin lukenut.

Emilia said...

Heippa Niina! Ma en tiennytkaan etta tama kirja ilmestyy myos suomeksi..muistatko sen nimea? Lueppa seuraava kirja, jonka esittelen...Sarah's Key. Siita en oo varma ilmestyyko suomeksi, mutta aivan mahtava kirja!