My Real Name Is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih

My Real Name Is Hanna

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 ...

Details My Real Name Is Hanna

TitleMy Real Name Is Hanna
Release DateSep 15th, 2018
PublisherMandel Vilar Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, World War II, Holocaust, War, Fiction

Reviews My Real Name Is Hanna

  • 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 (our dog)Steed (our horse)We all lived in this house until October 12, 1942. If you find this ,say these names out loud, please, and bury this paper in the yard.” Maybe a request for some semblance of a proper burial. Perhaps a plea for remembrance....
  • 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. Based on the true story of a Jewish family living in Ukraine during the darkest period in History, the Second World War, it is a story of fear and struggle for survival, a fight for dignity and hope that refuse to be persecuted and die. Through the ey...
  • 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 be placed on that same shelf. “I will say my real name to you for the first time. Hanna Slivka. Don’t be scared. I am still your mother. Born on February twenty-second, in the winter of 1928. Your grandmother often told me to remember this date ...
  • 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 almost fourteen years old when her entire world is turned upside down. Hitler's army has crossed into the Soviet occupied Ukraine. They are intent on making the land "free of Jews." Hanna's life goes from exploring with her siblings and helping her nei...
  • 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 through the dangerous and deadly times of the holocaust. The Slivka's are good, caring people who don't harm anyone....just want to live in peace....but that is not to be. As rumors of a Nazi invasion to a remote Ukraine strengthen, escape is the only ...
  • Cheri
    “Dance me to the children who are asking to be bornDance me through the curtains that our kisses have outwornRaise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is tornDance me to the end of love” --Dance Me to the End of Love, Leonard Cohen, Songwriters: Leonard Cohen”I will say my real name to you for the first time. Hanna Slivka. Don’t be scared. I am still your mother. Born on February twenty-second, in the winter of 1928. Your grandmoth...
  • Sue
    My Real Name is Hanna is a book that has come at the right time, a time when we all, young and old, need to be reminded of the cost of evil on and in society. We meet Hanna in her small Ukrainian village in 1941. Anti-semitism is rising, with taunting and school yard cruelty. Soon this will be replaced with more lethal threats but, for now, the Russians have taken control and have “only” limited all religious observances. If the Germans gain ...
  • Tara Lynn
    Winner of a 2018 SKIPPING STONES HONOR AWARD, this is my first novel for young readers and adults, inspired by real events. Five years of research and writing went into My Real Name Is Hanna, inspired by a family who sought refuge in the gypsum caves of Ukraine during the Holocaust. The book, with its gorgeous cover and interior, is due out early Sept. 2018!“Hanna’s story . . . uncovers an astonishing, rich vein of hope in a world gone utterl...
  • 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 survival in the Ukraine during the Holocaust. The family eventually takes refuge in underground caves leaving them to try to make some semblance of a life while being cast in complete and total darkness."What is it like to take your last breath? What if the ...
  • Hannah Greendale
    A celebration of Jewish culture and a devastating account of one Jewish family’s struggle to escape the Nazis by hiding in a nearby underground cave, as told through the eyes of the compassionate, fourteen-year-old Hanna Slivka. Masih paints a portrait of Ukraine using rich sensory language and balances the beauty of before against the brutal realities of struggling to stay alive, ultimately creating a startling account of all that is lost and ...
  • Teresa
    I loved Tara Masih’s short-story collection Where the Dog Star Never Glows, so I figured I was in good hands with her first novel, especially as the former’s stories range in time and to places that aren’t her own, as is the case here. One never knows how a writer’s talent and skill will translate to another genre, but no worries here: She delivers. This is the story of a Jewish family living in a remote Ukrainian village, trying to survi...
  • Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
    My thanks to NetGalley for a review copy of this book.This is a story told by Hanna Slivka to her daughter, about a part of her life that she has so far kept hidden from her—when at fourteen, she was living with her family in Russian occupied Ukraine. Life had become hard, their possessions reduced because of the strict rules the communists went by, and religion, also taboo to the communists, was something that couldn’t be practised as openly...
  • Jennifer (Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー)
    About 3.7 stars rounded to 4. Review to come.
  • Susan
    Inspired by real life events this is the heartbreaking and courageous story of Hanna Slivka and her family trying to escape Hitler's army in Ukraine. Hanna is only 14 years old but her bravery and spirit under such dire circumstances are commendable. This is a YA novel but everyone should read it to remind us that this should never happen again.Thank you to Mandel Vilar Press and Netgalley for a free e-copy.
  • Anna Elliott
    Generally speaking, once I have read a book I usually get straight on with the review while it is still fresh in my mind. However, every now and again I read a book that affects me so profoundly that I have to take a day or two to process what I have read. This was one such book and it completely took my breath away.For my full review please visit my blog at: https://leftontheshelfbookblog.blogsp...
  • Joy D
    Wow! What a great book! Loved this historical fiction about a Jewish Ukrainian family that survived WWII by hiding I forests and caves, as told from the perspective of Hanna, a teenage girl. She is relating the story to her child, looking back on her past experiences. This book is based on a true story of Esther Stermer’s family, as recorded in her book We Fight to Survive and a documentary film entitled No Place on Earth. The book is engrossin...
  • Bev Walkling
    I was very privileged to be contacted by Tara Lynn Masih and asked if I would be interested in reading an uncorrected proof of her book and reviewing it. It is set in the years of World War 2 which is a period of great interest to me so I was happy to say yes and the opinions expressed in this review are my unbiased ones.The book is set in Eastern Europe in an area that once was a part of Poland but which was taken over by the Russians shortly af...
  • The Book Valkyrie
    DISCLAIMER: I was provided with an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review. So, here it goes...Wow. I guess you could say I'm blown away.My Real Name is Hanna follows the tale of Hanna Slivka, a young, Jewish girl living in the devastating events of WWII. The book starts out in modern day, many years after the war, with Hanna (then known as Marcelina Rosenberg) informing her daughter that her real name is Hanna. She then proceeds to te...
  • Jay -hooked on books
    My Real Name is Hanna is a coming-of-age tale set in Kwasova, Ukraine, in the early 1940s. Growing up in the Soviet-occupied town, 14 year old Hanna and her siblings experience anti-semitic bullying, and learn to navigate their surroundings with caution. The hatred they come across startles them, but they find ways to live relatively peacefully and comfortably. But when the Gestapo crosses into their shtetele , the Slivkas find that their surviv...
  • Alja Katuin
    Intrigueing read, I absolutely loved it!
  • Jo Sorrell
    There are many excellent Holocaust books, but this one stood out to me. Our story is based on the true story of a Jewish family living in the Ukraine during the darkest period in History. It is a story of fear and the endless struggle to survive. Families had to fight for dignity and for strength in hope that stands against those who choose to persecute and kill the innocent. Our story is portrayed through the eyes of Hanna, a 14-year-old girl wh...
  • Sheela
    My Real Name is Hanna was an emotionally powerful read. Based on true events during WW2, this book centers on Hanna's family as they are driven from their home and into the forest to hide from the Nazis. There's a horribly realistic feel to the storytelling but it manages to not push too far, the pain as well as the hope these people felt comes through. I enjoyed the sense of family, community and Jewish traditions that brought light to the bleak...
  • Dani Dee
    Thank you to Netgalley, Mandel Vilar Press, and Tara Lynn Masih for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. WOW. I really needed this book in my life. A beautiful, haunting, melodic coming-of age historical fiction book that leaves you pondering it after you finish the final page. I practically inhaled this book as soon as I downloaded it, I was that engrossed in the storyline. Hanna Silvka narrates the book and speaks to her daughter about he...
  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    Finished reading: July 23rd 2018 "Life is not good, however you are living it, if you become like those who don't value you." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Mandel Vilar Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[Give me a WWII historical fiction story and I'm sold. Add a lesser known setting (Ukraine), and I'm just about jumping up and down from sheer excitement. Oh yes, I had hig...
  • Tara Vaglio
    This was such an incredible story! Set during WWII, this historical fiction focuses on a Jewish Ukrainian family told from the perspective of their daughter, Hanna. I have read a lot of books based on events of the Holocaust, but this is the first I’ve read that focuses on the events that took place in the Ukraine. This novel is written for young adults, so the references of concentration camps and slaughter are kept to a minimum. Instead, the ...
  • Sally
    This was fantastic. A (fictional) story of one entire Ukrainian Jewish family's survival in the holocaust, based on a real family who did just that. The afterword inspired me to add a few more books to my to-read list, and I even just bought a copy of one of them (Hiding in the Spotlight) :) I haven't read much about Ukraine during WWII and I found it a fascinating account!
  • April
    I devoured this book in one sitting as it was is hard to put it down. It was well written storyline was well thought out and powerful. I would highly recommend it.
  • Kelly
    Oh gosh this book!! This book will linger with me for a long time.I read it in two days because I simply could not put it down and when I had to put it down it was all I could think about.The story is set during WWII in Ukraine. Hanna, a young Jewish girl of almost 14 goes to school and helps her neighbour paint psyanky eggs. Things slowly start to change in her day to day life as Hitler invades Ukraine. They are given less food on their ration c...
  • Brooklyn Tayla
    This book wholly and utterly blew me away! It was such an emotional read from the very start and I honestly couldn’t put it down! It was so raw, it felt like I was openly reading a letter from mother to daughter, from the present, before whirling back to the past, and reminiscing about Hanna’s life, from her early years exploring her home town with her younger brother and sister, until the Gestapo’s minions close in and they are forced to f...