Hana’s Suitcase: A True Story

by Karen Levine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Awards for Hana’s Suitcase:  ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book, Sydney Taylor Award,  Special Recognition Award, National Jewish Book Award, Bank Street College Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for Nonfiction, IRA Children’s Book Award for Notable Intermediate Nonfiction, NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, IRA Notable Book for a Global Society, IBBY Honour List, UNICEF/Ungari Award Winner – Best Children’s Book, IRA Teacher’s Choice, Great Lakes Great Books Award Winner, Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award Master List, and Yad Vashem Prize for Children’s Holocaust Literature

Hanas Suitcase


Hana’s Suitcase is simply an amazing, inspiring book. I’m so glad I was able to read all about Hana and her life. While it is a book for elementary and middle grade readers I think older readers would get just as much out of it as a younger reader. We all know about Anne Frank but there are so many peoples stories that we have not heard of or had the privilege to read. Hanna was one of them and I have made it my goal for 2016 to seek out more books like Hana’s Suitcase.

This book is full of facts many can scary and sad for the reader or child listener. The author does a great job at presenting the material and story. I love how she jumped back and forth from Hana’s story to Fumiko’s story and how because of the Small Wings club and children of the Holocaust Education Center in Tokyo we all get the honor of known all about this amazing brave little girl.

I’m so glad they were able to locate her brother George and he was able to see the huge impact that their life made on these kids as well as all the visitors of the center. Hana always wanted to teach and I feel that she achieved her dream because she is teaching all those who read and share her story! This book needs to be in all homes, libraries and classrooms.

If I could I’d give this more that 5 stars because this book is that moving. Thank you Random House Kids for sending me a copy of Hana’s Suitcase all thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.