My Real Name Is Hanna

My Real Name Is Hanna Review

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.

Title:My Real Name Is Hanna
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Angela M

    “Abram Slivka (my Papa) Eva Slivka (my Mama)Hanna Slivka (14 years old, loves to read)Leeba Slivka (12 years old, loves to sew)Symon Slivka (10 years old, a really good bit who Loves his dog) Ovid (...

  • Amalia Gavea

    ‘’As good as life looks now to us young children, there is still a sense of always looking over your shoulder for something to hit you.’’ This is one of the most beautiful books of the year. ...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟5 beautiful and transfixing stars to My Real Name is Hanna!Some of the most meaningful, poignant books I have read have been about the Holocaust, and My Real Name is Hanna will...

  • Debra

    **This book was inspired by real Holocaust events"I have lost everything that can ever be lost. I have given everything that can ever be given." - my family's MA - Holocaust SurvivorHanna Slivka is al...

  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    5 Stars for this poignant, beautifully written debut YA novel inspired by real Holocaust events One of the most touching aspects of this book for me was the strength, determination, loyalty and love e...

  • Diane S ?

    STRUGGLE AND SURVIVAL in the Ukraine. Due to shifting borders, Hanna and her family, have been considered, Poles, Austrisns and Ukrainians. Changing tides once again threaten as the Germans are headin...

  • Rose (Traveling Sister)

    I read this with the Traveling Sisters, and we were all swept away by the tale of Hanna and her family. Thanks to NetGalley/Mandel Vilar Press for this ARC.This was 4.5 because a few plot points could...

  • Carol

    "I am no longer afraid to walk in the dark." In MY REAL NAME IS HANNA, a bright, courageous and clever young (soon to be) 14 year old narrates the story of her loving Jewish family as they navigate th...

  • Felicia

    "It's ok to cry, Hanna...crying is a form of breathing."*ugly sobbing* 😩Narrated in the voice of 14 year old Hanna, My Real Name is Hanna is the true story of a Jewish family on their quest for sur...

  • Karen

    This is the story of a young girl named Hanna Slivka, and her family who are Jewish and live first in Poland, then in the Ukraine during the years of the Holocaust.A story of love, family, and surviva...