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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kristin Simmons
  • 08-06-21

Powerful...but then

Such an amazing story. Well done my the narrator you feel what the family feels as they hide hoping to survive one more day. I love it, the faith they relied upon such a necessary part of their day-to-day life, then we have the authors note.
We discover it is not a true story, it is how the author feels after seeing a documentary, and then the author begins to blame President Trump! A man who has negotiated historic peace between the middle east and Israel. A man who went to Israel to help put into place the iron dome is somehow responsible for the rise of antisemitism.
I am very disappointed. I should have stopped listening when the book was over, before the authors note, I would have thought it was almost perfect.

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  • Robin T
  • 01-06-21

Cried Multiple Times

The human mind is a wonderful thing, and so hard to crush if you fight. This book teaches the reader that with a little bit of faith and hope, you can endure anything...even if your body is deteriorating.

This book was so well written, i found myself wimpering AT THE GYM.

Very Well Done!!!

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  • LaRae M Foehrenbacher
  • 27-05-21

I chose this because I love the narrator

I did not give the full 5 stars because I was offended by the author taking a stab at Donald Trump suggesting he is somehow responsible for the rise in crimes against the Jewish people in this country. So so tired of people using their platform to suggest that conservatives are racist. The book was decent but I won’t read this author again. I am NOT a racist nor is anyone I personally know.

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  • Brooklyn Brown
  • 14-05-21

Must read

I absolutely loved this book. More people need to read an know about how terrible the holocaust was to avoid letting anything like it happen. This is a fictional book but everything in it happened to someone real. This is what kids should learn about and read in middle and high school to teach people to love each other.

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  • BarbieAlaska
  • 14-05-21

sad, beautiful

thank you for writing..i hope the stories keep being writte

thank you for this book

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  • Jill Wankier
  • 13-05-21

Inspiring

Although the story is among the many tragic experiences of WWII it is inspiring. The story is fictional based on true events. I loved how the family looked after each other.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-21

Recommended

Great book. I couldn’t stop listening to this book once I started. The reader did a fantastic job.