Back in June, I posted a review for My Real Name Is Hanna, by Tara Lynn Masih, and it remains one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year. I wanted to call your attention to a GoodReads giveaway for the book which is open to enter until September 14th.
This book is an absolute treasure and I really encourage you to pick up a copy when it comes out in September. This YA Historical Fiction novel explores one of the darkest periods in history with a remarkable sense of hope and faith in the fundamental goodness of people. This is a book about tenacity and human connection which embraces and celebrates our differences.
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 fourteen 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.