The Earth is Singing, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


My name is Hanna. I am 15. I am Latvian. I live with my mother and grandmother. My father is missing, taken by the Russians. I have a boyfriend and I'm training to be a dancer. But none of that is important any more. 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
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  • Category: Historical
  • ISBN: 9781409577447

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The Jewish holocaust in Latvia, 29 June 2015This review is from: The Earth is Singing (Paperback)Although targeted at the YA audience, I found this to be quite a compelling read.Inspired by the author's research into her ancestors - Latvian Jews - and their horrifying fate during WW2, this is a story narrated by middle class teenager Hanna. When the book opens, her father has been taken away by the Russians and she is living in a flat with her seamstress mother and spirited grandma, having been forced out of their villa on the good side of Riga.And yet life isn't too bad, as she continues to attend ballet school, and looks forward to dates with her Latvian boyfriend, Uldis, who is hoping to join the police force. But things are all set to change....This non YA reader found the author's short sentences slightly detracted from the flow, but I couldn't put it down as it neared its exciting end, so would definitely give it a *4!