Hana's Suitcase on Stage

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Praise & Recognition

"Sher’s interpretation of the story will lead to much interesting discussion with the many fans of Levine’s book."

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"Hana’s Suitcase works as a play because it builds connections with its audience’s members."

Toronto City Parent

"It's a strong testament to the forces that bring people together: imagination, curiosity and hope."

NOW Toronto

"Writer Emil Sher has adapted the story faithfully for the stage."

Toronto Star
A delicate and moving introduction to Holocaust themes for children. Globe and Mail

"This volume will serve as one of the most effective teaching models for Holocaust curriculums available."


Cooperative Children's Book Centre Choices 2004 - Commended

American Library Association's Notable Children's Books for Middle 2004 - Commended

Canadian Children's Book Centre's Our Choice Annual, Starred Selection 2003 - Commended

White Ravens Award, International Children's Digital Library 2003 - Winner

Great Lakes Great Books Award 2004 - Winner

The stage adaptation of the extraordinary true story that brings the history of the Holocaust to life for young readers

In 2000 Fumiko, the curator of a small Holocaust education centre in Japan, received an empty suitcase owned by a young girl, Hana Brady, lost in the Holocaust. Fumiko was determined to find out the details of Hana's story. This edition contains the full script of the play adaptation by Emil Sher.


Publication Date: February 27, 2006

Reading Age: 9 - 12

Genre: Children's Nonfiction

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 172

ISBN: 978-1-897187-05-0

Karen Levine

About the Author

Karen Levine

Karen Levine is a prizewinning producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio. Karen has won awards for her radio work, including two Peabody Awards - the Oscars of radio. She originally produced Hana’s Suitcase as a radio documentary before making it into a book. Though she travels widely to talk about the book, she makes her home in Toronto with her partner and her son.
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