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Authors Aloud UK and Simon & Schuster invite your school to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day with Liz Kessler, who will be talking about her Carnegie nominated novel, 'When the world was ours'.

27 January 2022

This FREE schools event will take place via Zoom (10 - 11am).

Target Audience: years 8 - 11 (although Year 7 students may attend if the teacher / school feels they will be able to cope with the themes of the book).

PLEASE NOTE: If more than one class will be attending and logging on separately, they need to register as individual classes.

Register to attend

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom with the link to join on the day.

Signed bookplate copies of the book will also be available to order via the H & H Spalding website at a price of £8.99 per individual copy or £7.00 if a school orders 6 or more copies including postage and packing.

Information about the book:

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 events soon mean that they will be cruelly ripped apart from each other. With their lives taking them across Europe to Germany, England, Prague and Poland – will they ever find their way back to each other? Will they want to?

Inspired by the true story of Liz Kessler’s father’s escape from Nazi-occupied Europe, ‘When the world was ours’ is a novel which shows how the bonds of love, family and friendship allow glimmers of hope to flourish, even in the most hopeless of times. This story of three childhood friends, three lives caught up in three different pathways under the Nazi regime in Germany during the second world war, is powerful, heartbreaking and a totally compelling read. The knowledge that it is based in part on Liz Kessler’s own family history adds to its impact. It is an extraordinary novel and one that needs to be read and discussed in every school across the UK.

More information about the book

Information about the author:

Liz Kessler has written over 20 books for children and young adults – most notably the Emily Windsnap series, which has been translated into 25 languages, has appeared on the New York Times bestsellers list and sold over 5 million copies worldwide. She has written Early Readers about Poppy the Pirate Dog and Jenny the Pony as well as two Young Adult books about teenagers coming of age, falling in love and discovering their identity. Her latest novel ‘When the world was ours’, published by Simon & Schuster, is based on her own family history.

Information about the event:

Liz will talk about the book, its themes and her writing, and will then answer questions from students.


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