Book Review | Hana’s Suitcase

Title: Hana’s Suitcase

Author: Karen Levine

My Review:

This book has gotten many awards including Children’s Book of the Year from the Canadian Library Association, The Silver Birch Award and The National Jewish Book Award~ all for good reason. The is the true story of a suitcase that fell into the lap of a children’s Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan. On the outside of the suitcase were the words “Hana Brady, May 16, 1931″ and Waisnekind” which mean orphan in German.

Fuiko Ishioka was the curator of the center and she found that there was so much interest in this particular artifact and even she herself was brimming with curiosity and concern for whateven happened to this little Hana.

With her suspense more than she could stand, Ms. Ishioka started on a path that would lead her back 70 years with travels as far away from her home as North America and Europe. The story is told so beautifully and each chapter alternates from the authors point of view and journey to finding the truth and the point of view of Hana and all she had to endure.

This is seriously one of those books that will touch your heart and you will think of Hana any time you hear stories about that terrible time in history. It is filled with pictures from Hana’s life and special personal stories about her family life, what happened to her parents and what happened to her and her brother.

I personally feel this is an important book that should even be included in school curriculum because I feel children can often empathize easier with other children and it really puts things in perspective.

This book will live on my book shelf for as long as I have a book shelf. I love it.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Vicki is a single woman living in Nova Scotia, Canada who loves to read, sing, cook for her friends and family and scrapbook. She loves to keep busy, hang out with her boyfriend and his cat and only sits still long enough to read and review books for "Simply Stacie."

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