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My Name is Hanna Michelson. I am fifteen. I am Latvian.

I live with my mother and grandmother. My father is missing – taken by the Russians.

I have a boyfriend. When he holds my hand, everything feels perfect.

I’m training to be a dancer. But none of that matters now.

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.

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Comments on: "The earth is singing – Vanessa Curtis" (1)

  1. This is such an emotional, captivating, but sad book. Set in Latvia during WW2, Hannah, a 15 year old ballet student tells us her story of how the horrible violence and hardship she faced in the 1940’s effected her life and the lives of others so deeply. I really liked this book because Vanessa Curtis was able to portray the characters and stories so realistically, given that the novel was based on a partial true story, and how it told the story through the eyes of a girl the same age as me, which was both interesting and compelling to relate to. My favourite character would have to be Omama, Hanna’s grandmother, who presents such a bright, sarcastic and cheeky personality despite the horrible situation that they were in. Her figure granted hope in the eyes of Hanna and her mother and helped them to keep persisting their way out of the hands of the Nazi officers. I would recommend this book to anyone at any age really and although this book is written in a specific genre of historical fiction, it combines romance, joy, persistence, trust, strength and inspiration in times of sorrow. This book is truly amazing to read and I really enjoyed it!


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