Just a Girl by Lia Levi audiobook

Just a Girl: A True Story of World War II

By Lia Levi
Translated by Sylvia Notini
Read by Carlotta Brentan

HarperCollins 9780063065086


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Runtime: 1.96 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English



In this award-winning memoir translated from Italian to English, a Jewish girl grows up during a difficult time of racial discrimination and war, and discovers light in unexpected places. This classic, powerful story from Lia Levi is adapted for young readers, with a powerful author’s note to readers.

1938, Italy. Six-year-old Lia loves to build sandcastles at the beach and her biggest problem is her shyness and quiet, birdlike voice—until prime minister Mussolini joins forces with Hitler in World War II, and everything changes.

Now there are laws saying Jewish children can’t go to school, Jews can’t work, or go on vacation. It’s difficult for Lia to understand why this is happening to her family. When her father loses his job, they must give up their home and move from city to city.

As war comes closer, it becomes too dangerous to stay together, and Lia and her sisters are sent to hide at a convent. Will she ever be “just a girl” again?

The memoir is full of poignant moments of friendship and loss, dreaded tests at school, told in Lia's captivating voice, as she grows into a young teen. Just a Girl is an important addition to the WWII Jewish canon.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.



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Author Bio: Lia Levi

Author Bio: Lia Levi

Lia Levi was born in Pisa, Italy in 1931. She is the author of several works of fiction largely dedicated to Jewish themes, and is well known for her award-winning memoir, Just a Girl. She studied philosophy after World War II, and became a successful journalist and director of the Jewish monthly magazine, Shalom. She won the Premio Strega Giovani award in 2018 and the Elsa Morante prize in 1994.

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 1.96
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English