My Real Name Is HannaFree Reader's/Teacher's Guide
A 2018 Skipping Stones Honor Award Book
On Goodreads' Ultimate Fall Reading List for YA Book Fans
Foreword Reviews, Editor's Pick
A Goodreads' Best Book of the Month, Sept. 2018
Paperback Paris' Best of Historical Fiction Fall 2018 List
Highly recommended by Cindy Hudson as a Mother/Daughter Book Club Choice
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 younger siblings, admiring the drawings of the handsome Leon Stadnick, and helping her neighbor dye decorative pysanky eggs. But now she, Leon, and their families are forced to flee and hide in the forest outside their shtetele—and then in the dark caves beneath the rolling meadows, rumored to harbor evil spirits. Underground, they battle sickness and starvation, while the hunt continues above. When Hanna’s father disappears, suddenly it’s up to Hanna to find him—and to find a way to keep the rest of her family, and friends, alive.
Sparse, resonant, and lyrical, weaving in tales of Jewish and Ukrainian folklore, My Real Name Is Hanna celebrates the sustaining bonds of family, the beauty of a helping hand, and the tenacity of the human spirit.
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.
“A brilliantly rendered memorial to survivors of the Holocaust. . . .VERDICT A strong choice for Young Adult shelves."”
~School Library Journal
“The story . . . is told effectively and movingly. . . . This is a well-written and highly recommended selection.”
“With the continuing surfeit of WWII fiction, it is refreshing to find an original voice that delivers such a harrowing, yet inspiring message for young readers. Hanna’s veracity and indelible spirit honor the subject and the people exhibited by the author in this highly readable, affecting novel.”
~Historical Novels Review
“A carefully researched, often moving narrative of one family's struggle for survival.”
“Poetic and vivid. To strong effect, the loveliness of Hanna's thoughts counters the ever-present dangers of what she faces.”
~ForeWord Reviews, Editor's Pick
“Masih maintains a perfect balance of pacing and tension, and in Hanna creates a strong and inspiring young female protagonist. Elegantly detailed . . . It’s a haunting and hopeful work that deserves a broad audience. And at this particularly divisive time when fear and intolerance is constantly crowding the headlines, this book offers seeds of compassion to young and experienced readers alike.”
“Hanna’s story . . . uncovers an astonishing, rich vein of hope in a world gone utterly dark. [B]oth timeless and timely.”
~Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity
“A worthy addition to the canon of Holocaust literature for young readers.”
~Helen Maryles Shankman, They Were Like Family to Me, finalist for The 2016 Story Prize
“A powerful, revelatory leap of imagination."
~Greg Dawson, Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy’s Story of Survival
“Beautifully told and deeply moving.”
~New York Times Bestselling Author Tilar J. Mazzeo, Irena’s Children, a New York Post Best Book of 2016
The Best Small Fictions Series
An SPD Bestseller
A NewPages Editor's Pick, August 2016
An Amazon Top 100 Anthology
Pittsburgh Magazine Holiday Gift List 2017
“I believe The Best Small Fictions series . . . is an extraordinarily important literary event. The art form of the small fiction speaks strongly to the zeitgeist of the 21st century and this sort of focused recognition is long overdue.”
~Robert Olen Butler
“[T]his striking new series...has quickly become essential reading."
“The Best Small Fictions 2015...could be at the forefront of a burgeoning cultural movement.”
“Readers, don't let the word 'small' throw you off. This year's edition of The Best Small Fictions redefines the word with writing that towers above the rest.”
“[T]here is no more important book published in 2015.”
~Sheldon Lee Compton, Enclave
“The best of these fictional vignettes are like a splash of ice water in the face. ...they create their emotional effects with a quick windup and a powerful release, often a final, lingering image.”
“This year's edition of BSF  is a clear indication that the series is nowhere near a slowing down point, but is, instead, gaining momentum and prestige throughout the world of literature. When the history of flash fiction as a vital form is told, Best Small Fictions and Masih will be in the opening chapter. Of this there should be no doubt.”
“In this extraordinary collection of small fictions...readers are gifted with stories that slap wings onto their backs or drop anchors into their hearts, oftentimes both.”
~The Small Press Book Review
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The Chalk Circle
- A 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year
- Winner of a silver IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award
- Winner of a 2012 Skipping Stones Honor Award
- New England Book Festival Runner-Up Award
- A Teaching Tolerance Staff Pick Fall 2013
Twenty prizewinners are gathered for the first time in a ground-breaking anthology that explores many facets of culture not previously found under one cover. The powerful, honest, thoughtful voices—Native American, African American, Asian, European, Jewish, White—speak daringly on topics not often discussed in the open, on subjects such as racism, war, self-identity, gender, societal expectations. Their words will entertain, illuminate, take you to distant lands, and spark important discussions about our humanity, our culture, and our place within society and the natural world.
Includes extensive, in-depth discussion questions for book clubs and instructors, along with fun, challenging "NET assignments" for high school and college students; and an introduction by acclaimed writer David Mura.
“Chalk Circle is a truly important book.”
~ Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize Winner and recipient of the Tu Do Chinh Kien Award
Where the Dog Star Never Glows
"This is a stunning debut."
~ Gaijinmama, Yomimono
- An Award-Winning Finalist, Best Books 2010 (from USA Book News)
- A 2012 Untreed Reads Bestseller
- A NewPages.com New & Noteworthy Book, January 2010
- A Top 100 Best Book of 2010 on Goodreads, Dec. 2010
- A Top 10 of 2011 on the Unabridged Chick blog
- Jane's Stories Press Foundation Recommended Reading
“Each story in this collection . . . stands alone as a piece worth the price of the book.”
~ Debrah Lechner, Hayden's Ferry Review
In this impressive debut collection, Tara Masih shows an intimate sense of understanding her characters' innermost feelings, creating a memorable map of diverse characters that span the globe and several eras. Ghosts dance, butterflies swarm, men crystallize, the sun disappears, and water plays a role in both destruction and repair of the soul. With an unflinching eye, a mythical awareness of the natural world, and poetic, crafted prose, Masih examines the dark recesses of the mind and heart, which often leads to a small or great triumph or illumination that will resonate long after the last page is turned.