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In March 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children's Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan. On the outside, in white paint, were these words: Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, and Waisenkind - the German word for orphan.

Children who saw the suitcase on display were full of questions. Who was Hana Brady? What happened to her? They wanted Fumiko Ishioka, the center's curator, to find the answers.

In a suspenseful journey, Fumiko searches for clues across Europe and North America. The mystery of the suitcase takes her back through 70 years, to a young Hana and her family, whose happy life in a small Czech town was turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis

©2007 Karen Levine (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Skillfully, and with great sensitivity, Levine weaves together the two stories, alternating that of a young life shattered in increments and that of Fumiko Ishioka's relentless search for answers." ( The Globe and Mail)

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Hana suitcase

Hana's suitcase is a touching story of sadness or joy.I hope every reader will love this heart warming and breaking book.

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  • Starlet
  • San Carlos, CA, United States
  • 08-24-09

Haven't Read and Probably Won't

I didn't realize this was juvenile fiction --- I've listened to quite a few young adult books that I've enjoyed, but the narrator on this one is young (sounds like it) and because of that it's difficult to listen to -- that young and perky narration doesn't work for me -- even though I'm sure it's a very good story (why I didn't want to give it a one star). I'm interested in Holocaust history, but this is one that I would have to read from a book, which probably won't happen.

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A holocaust victim's life is beautifully recreated

Would you listen to Hana's Suitcase again? Why?

I will definitely listen to the interview at the end of the book again. The reader is a little annoying so I probably won't listen to the whole book. But I downloaded the Kindle edition, and I might read it again. The story is beautiful and moving, and well told.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hana has to be my favorite, but Georg and Fumiko are heroes, too.

What three words best describe Stephanie Wolfe’s voice?

her accents stink

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I did.

Any additional comments?

I think if a reader is not good at doing foreign accents, she shouldn't try. Here everyone sounds vaguely Italian or Spanish, whether Czech, Japanese, or Polish. However, the interview at the end of the book with two people involved in the story makes it absolutely worth getting the audiobook.