The Earth is Singing

The Earth is Singing❰PDF❯ ✅ The Earth is Singing Author Vanessa Curtis – Bluevapours.co.uk 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 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 nowBecause 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.

I m a children s author whose first book Zelah Green Queen of Clean is published by Egmont UK and won the Manchester Children s Book Awards It was also shortlisted for the Young Minds, the Waterstones Children s Book Prize, the NASEN awards and the Bolton Children s Book Awards I now write historical novels for young adults, including the Carnegie longlisted The Earth is Singing which also won the Young Quills Award and is published by Usborne Usborne are to publish The One Who Knows My Name The Earth Kindle - , my story of a girl who finds out that she s been stolen by the Nazis as part of Himmler s Lebensborn programme, in February when they will also republish The Earth is Singing as an Usborne Modern ClassicI have also published two biographies of Virginia Woolf and work as a literary consultant I m married to fellow author Tim Bowler and live in Devon.

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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • The Earth is Singing
  • Vanessa Curtis
  • English
  • 06 March 2019

10 thoughts on “The Earth is Singing

  1. Ruby Tuesday says:

    4.5 starsI purchased this book not realising that it is intended for Young Readers I read a lot of Holocaust literature and have to say that this is an excellent read for those new to the subject as well as young readers The authors family originated from Latvia so the book is set in Riga following the story of her Hanna, a student at a ballet school when the Russian Occupation of Riga ends and the Nazi s invade Whilst this is a work of fiction it is based on actual events and covers topics s 4.5 starsI purchased this book not realising that it is intended for Young Readers I read a lot of Holocaust literature and have to say that this is an excellent read for those new to the subject as well as young readers The authors family originated from Latvia so the book is set in Riga following the story of her Hanna, a student at a ballet school when the Russian Occupation of Riga ends and the Nazi s invade Whilst this is a work of fiction it is based on actual events and covers topics such as going into hiding, betrayals, ghettos, forced labours and deportations I would put his book in the top ten must reads for Holocaust literature for Young readers alongside The Diary of Anne Frank and Eva s Story by Eva Schloss An excellent and highly recommended read

  2. Jaime says:

    I can t say i enjoyed this book because of the horrible subject matter but i am glad i read it I would read sequel if the author wrote one.

  3. Edel says:

    This is the story about three women from one Jewish family at the time when the Nazi s invade their town This is a remarkable well told story that both astonishes and is heartbreaking while being beautiful written These three strong women from three generations are to be admired,they are resilient , smart and courageous , it was a pleasure reading about them and the emotions and struggles they went through, you really feel for these people There were moments I had a lump in my throat and I th This is the story about three women from one Jewish family at the time when the Nazi s invade their town This is a remarkable well told story that both astonishes and is heartbreaking while being beautiful written These three strong women from three generations are to be admired,they are resilient , smart and courageous , it was a pleasure reading about them and the emotions and struggles they went through, you really feel for these people There were moments I had a lump in my throat and I think that is something special when an author can do that The youngest girl in the family is called Hanna and she is the narrator , her father has gone away and no one is sure where he has gone or if he will be back, and with the invasion of these terrifying troups it is a fearful time, her mama is trying to support and care for her and her own mother or as Hanna calls her Omama I recommend this book for any fans of Anne Frank Unforgettable and touching I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading4kids

  4. Hannah says:

    This book was heartbreaking and eye opening All throughout I was so worried for the characters, and it was so tense that I couldn t cry until the end where I burst into tears It was beautifully written and so emotional Every person needs to read this book, so they know never to repeat history.

  5. Jessica says:

    Why do I repeatedly pick books that are truly awful Not the way it s written, not the characters portrayed, but the series of events that once again leave me feeling hollow, and shaking my head How did humanity do that The Earth is Singing is the story of Hanna, a Jewish girl, who lives in Latvia during the Second World War Because I ve read quite a few other books about Jews set during this time, I knew things wouldn t be alright, I knew their hopes of a better life under the Nazis wouldn Why do I repeatedly pick books that are truly awful Not the way it s written, not the characters portrayed, but the series of events that once again leave me feeling hollow, and shaking my head How did humanity do that The Earth is Singing is the story of Hanna, a Jewish girl, who lives in Latvia during the Second World War Because I ve read quite a few other books about Jews set during this time, I knew things wouldn t be alright, I knew their hopes of a better life under the Nazis wouldn t be realized But it still shocks me every time the way they the Jews were expected to live, or rather, die the cruelty of those who felt they were superior the way some people found hidden strength and made it through And probably the most haunting part was when I realized what the title meant So yes, it was awful Terrible Horrific And it kept me reading right until the last page

  6. Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds) says:

    Also Posted on For The Love of Fictional Worlds Disclaimer A physical copy was provided via UsBorne YAin exchange for an exchange review The Thoughts, opinions feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my ownTrigger Warnings Violent Visuals, Humiliation, Mass Murders and ViolenceTo say this book is an enjoyable read would be all kinds of wrong but The Earth Is Singing is definitely an impactful read.With the background of Hitler s growing empire and crucification of Jews IAlso Posted on For The Love of Fictional Worlds Disclaimer A physical copy was provided via UsBorne YAin exchange for an exchange review The Thoughts, opinions feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my ownTrigger Warnings Violent Visuals, Humiliation, Mass Murders and ViolenceTo say this book is an enjoyable read would be all kinds of wrong but The Earth Is Singing is definitely an impactful read.With the background of Hitler s growing empire and crucification of Jews I definitely wasn t expecting this to be a bed of roses but I was definitely ill prepared for the horrors that one community went through only because one man thought his race was better than theirsand yes I know, the current scenarios is eerily similar to the past.Told in the voice of Hanna, a young Latvian girl with a Jew Mother and Latvian Fatheryes, this distinction is very importantwith a bright future ahead she is a skilled dancer and in love with her best friend Uldin The only cloud in her otherwise sunny life is that her father was taken away by the Russian Army and so she has no idea if he is even alive right now or not but she knows in her heart that she will meet him again.When the Germans start to invade Latvia, they are widely believed to be the saviors of the country With almost all of them disregarding the scary rumors floating in about the treatment of Jews by the German Army in other parts of the EuropeIs this to be my life too Will we get through it and somehow get back to normal Will I ever find Papa Why did I have to be born a Jew It doesn t take long for the Latvians, especially Hanna, her mother and her grandmother, to realize that their lives, however ordinary they maybe, won t remain so for long Slowly, the rules start to change for them, for their friends and it is heartbreaking to see the people they have lived with, dined with their friends turn their back on them just because they were being persecuted for being Jews Throughout reading the book, I had to keep reminding myself that this book is not wholly fiction sure the characters maybe but their experiences and their suffering were definitely not that this is definitely NOT the work of an overactive imagination of a writer What it does do is reach its goal of waking its readers to actual emotional reactions behind the dry historical facts The Earth Is Singing is a book that everyone NEEDS to readwritten in simplistic yet powerful manner it is a brilliant cold hard way of waking up to the realization that history is not just dates written in a textbook but actual reality for humans at one timeForreviews visit For The Love of Fictional Worlds Do come join us at For The Fictional Worlds Facebook PageTwitter Instagram Goodreads

  7. Toni Vincett says:

    Even though this is a story it still hits home that something like this had happened It was well written there was points for me I was in tears Which for me is a big thing as no book really has ever made me cry I have read a lot of books on holocaust and everyone has haunted me a way This even tho is a story will stick with me.

  8. Rebecca Crunden says:

    I just picked up a copy of this my first time in a bookshop since lockdown began in March IT WAS A MOMENT I haven t gone that long without going to a bookshop or library in EVER Can t wait to get into this one

  9. Ellie says:

    When Hanna s story starts, she has a promising future as a ballerina, training at the city s ballet school She has a boyfriend who she thinks is perfect She is just a normal teenage girl in a beautiful city Yes, the Russians are there, but they cope Knowing the history, it s a heart breaking moment when the people of Riga welcome the Germans because they have got rid of the Russians.Soon, Hanna s friends turn away from her, calling her a dirty Jew She can no longer take pleasure in her danc When Hanna s story starts, she has a promising future as a ballerina, training at the city s ballet school She has a boyfriend who she thinks is perfect She is just a normal teenage girl in a beautiful city Yes, the Russians are there, but they cope Knowing the history, it s a heart breaking moment when the people of Riga welcome the Germans because they have got rid of the Russians.Soon, Hanna s friends turn away from her, calling her a dirty Jew She can no longer take pleasure in her dancing, or a walk in the park When her beloved Uldis joins the police and dons a uniform, how can that be good news for her The book goes intodetail on the Jewish faith and customs that any others I ve read dealing with the same subject matter Hanna s Oma is very strict about her worship, so when that slides, you realise this is the point they know life is about surviving, not living There s a very touching scene when they re in hiding in a loft, and they get the chance to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.It s interesting that Vanessa chose to tell the story from the point of view of a half Jewish girl, who did not look Jewish and possibly could have passed had she separated from her family There is one scene where she announces that she no longer wishes to be Jewish but her mother explains that half her blood is enough for the Nazis to hate her Her appearance gives the reader a false sense of hope.If you re not aware of the massacre that happening in Latvia during the war, beware this book contains some traumatising events One in particular you just couldn t make up, but which very sadly happened If teenagers are no longer being taught about the holocaust in school, then they could do worse than read this book Hanna s story isn t an exaggerated one The beautiful title has a truly awful source

  10. Kristine says:

    Oh man This book was cruel but necessary Sigh I m only this reactive but humans are only this reactive when faced with events of the lowest The lowest of the low spoiler I still wish I knew whether Max and Hanna were together in the end And whether Papa s alive The ending is quite unexpected after you ve been hearing about the barbarity of the SS and Latvian soldiers the entire book, and feeling sick at their treatment of the Jews, it turns everything on its shoulders Hanna blamed he Oh man This book was cruel but necessary Sigh I m only this reactive but humans are only this reactive when faced with events of the lowest The lowest of the low spoiler I still wish I knew whether Max and Hanna were together in the end And whether Papa s alive The ending is quite unexpected after you ve been hearing about the barbarity of the SS and Latvian soldiers the entire book, and feeling sick at their treatment of the Jews, it turns everything on its shoulders Hanna blamed herself the entire time for having told Uldis where she stayed, hence sending them off the ghetto and resulting in the deaths of everyone around her but in the end, Uldis is also the one who saves her life, or what s left of it, by not shooting It shows that not everything is black and white Uldis isn t purely evil the soldiers aren t purely evil they have just been twisted and warped by the correctness of their ideologies Uldis is not black and white in a rigid moment, he gave Hanna away to the SS and refused to look at her but in another moment, seeing her alone and remembering the times they spent together, he spares her life.This book is good, for its layered complexity and harsh, but necessary chronicling of events Five stars Rest in peace, those with the Stars of David

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