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When the World Was Ours

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About The Book

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Emily Windsnap series, Liz Kessler, comes a “brutally honest and totally believable” (Booklist, starred review) story of three young friends whose fates are intertwined during the devastation of the Holocaust—based on a true story.

Three friends. One memory.
Vienna. 1936.

Three young friends—Leo, Elsa, and Max—spend a perfect day together, unaware that around them Europe is descending into a growing darkness and that they will soon be cruelly ripped apart from one another. With their lives taking them across Europe—to Germany, England, Prague, and Poland—will they ever find their way back to one another? Will they want to?

Inspired by a true story, When the World Was Ours is an extraordinary novel that is as powerful as it is heartbreaking and that shows how the bonds of love, family, and friendship allow glimmers of hope to flourish, even in the most hopeless of times.

About The Author

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Liz Kessler is the author of twenty-three books for children and young adults. Her books range from Early Readers to books for Young Adults and include the internationally best-selling series about half-mermaid Emily Windsnap. She has an MA in Novel Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and has been a full-time author for the last twenty years. Her new novel, When the World Was Ours, was inspired by her father’s childhood escape from the Nazis just before the second world war. Liz lives with her wife and their dog in rural Cheshire.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (May 18, 2021)
  • Runtime: 7 hours and 1 minute
  • ISBN13: 9781797130088
  • Grades: 5 and up
  • Ages: 10 - 99

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Raves and Reviews

"Narrators Tom Lawrence and Willow Nash portray Leo, Max, and Elsa, three youngsters who come of age during Hitler's rise to power and the horrors of the Holocaust. Both narrators offer clear, precise enunciation and excellent pacing in their performances."

– AudioFile Magazine

Awards and Honors

  • USBBY Outstanding International Book
  • Texas Lone Star Reading List
  • Intermediate Sequoyah Book Award Master List (OK)

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