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The Earth Is Singing

Narrated by: Melody Grove
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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My name is Hanna. I am 15. I am Latvian. I live with my mother and grandmother. My father is missing, taken by the Russians. I have a boyfriend, and I'm training to be a dancer.

But none of that is important any more. Because the Nazis have arrived, and I am a Jew. And as far as they are concerned, that is all that matters. This is my story.

©2015 Vanessa Curtis (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

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Started listening, couldn’t stop.

I chose this book to listen to because I liked the Anne Frank stories. It didn’t disappoint. I couldn’t stop listening. I engaged with the main character immediately. Loved it. Highly recommended.

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Harrowing but compelling

The fictional account of the murder of the Jews in Riga, Latvia by the Nazis and their Latvian collaborators from 1941-4.
Historical detail (but with superfluous and highly improbable teenage love story).
Narrator irritating at times as does not know Yiddish or Hebrew.
Why read it? Because it is a rare accesable account of this terrible time and place. It is worth putting up with the recording's drawbacks in order to hear he story.