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Publisher's Summary

Inspired by real Holocaust events, this poignant debut novel is a powerful coming-of-age story that will resonate with fans of The Book Thief and Between Shades of Gray.

Hanna Slivka is on the cusp of 14 when Hitler's army crosses the border into Soviet-occupied Ukraine. Soon, the Gestapo closes in, determined to make the shtetele she lives in "free of Jews". Until the German occupation, Hanna spent her time exploring Kwasova with her younger siblings, admiring the drawings of the handsome Leon Stadnick, and helping her neighbor dye decorative pysanky eggs. But now she, Leon, and their families are forced to flee and hide in the forest outside their shtetele - and then in the dark caves beneath the rolling meadows, rumored to harbor evil spirits.

Underground, they battle sickness and starvation, while the hunt continues above. When Hanna's father disappears, suddenly it's up to Hanna to find him - and to find a way to keep the rest of her family, and friends, alive.

Sparse, resonant, and lyrical, weaving in tales of Jewish and Ukrainian folklore, My Real Name Is Hanna celebrates the sustaining bonds of family, the beauty of a helping hand, and the tenacity of the human spirit.

©2018 Tara Lynn Masih (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Laura Maness
  • 09-03-21

Fast Read

I enjoyed this a lot more than I had expected to. The story was interesting and moved at a great rapid pace without loosing detailed information pertinent to the story.
The narrator was good with good inflection.
The story was interesting and a different perspective on the survival of some of the Jewish people during WW2. Nice to hear about survivors other than the camps.
I highly recommend for a great fast read.

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  • Christy
  • 16-03-21

Based on documentary

This is a fictional story, based on the documentary “No place on Earth”. Interesting story of survival and the human spirit. It reads a little flat, but overall a good story. Skip the authors note, she goes into a bit of a ridiculous, misguided political tirade at one point

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  • Paula b.
  • 04-04-21

Amazing story

This story kept me interested and captivated throughout the book and definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the Holocaust

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  • Henwhisperer
  • 25-03-21

What a sad tale of WWII survivors

I’ve listened to many WWII historical fiction stories but this one is much different from the others.

Anything narrated by Suzanne Toren is good even if the story is sad.

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  • diane
  • 22-03-21

Warm, humane and terrifying

The author’s sense-based prose sets the reader in the story — feeling equal parts affection for the characters and terror for what’s to come. I was so connected that during the descent (reader will know when she gets there) I actually gasped for breath.

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  • shar davis
  • 17-03-21

A must read for everyone

This story will allow you to appreciate your life as it is. We do not feel thankful until we do not have!

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  • Caren E.
  • 12-03-21

Jews Survive In A Cave & Forrest

This book will keep your attention from beginning to end. Very inspirational and teaches of survival. Told from a young teenager’s
perspective. Based on a true story. Very easy listen.

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  • Viola
  • 26-11-20

Great book

Written through the eyes of a girl, it is a child’s view and there is happiness. I throughly was engrossed in the story,