Liz Kessler When The World Was Ours


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One moment can change a life forever.

A powerful and heart-breaking novel about three childhood friends living during the Second World War whose fates are closely intertwined, even when their lives take very different courses. Inspired by a true story, this is the perfect read for fans of The Book Thief and Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl.

Vienna, 1936.

Elsa, Leo and Max have always been best friends, a special team of three. Then the Nazis come.

As a growing darkness descends around them, Leo and Elsa run for their lives, taking two very different paths across Europe. And Max, once their closest friend, now becomes the enemy as he is drawn into the Hitler Youth. Will the friends ever find their way back to each other? 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 shows how the bonds of love, family and friendship allow glimmers of hope to flourish, even in the most hopeless of times.

Three friends. Two sides. One memory.

About the Author

Liz Kessler has written over 20 books for children - most notably the Emily Windsnap series, which has been translated into 25 languages and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

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'When The World Was Ours is Liz's masterpiece . . . an instant classic'
- Anthony McGowan, winner of the 2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal

'An exceptional read'
- The Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week

'A wonderful book, half tragedy, but told with such sheer, warm humanity that it leaves you with hope'
- Hilary McKay, author of The Skylarks' War

'I haven't read a Holocaust book for children that's better'
- Charlotte Eyre, The Bookseller

'When The World Was Ours is the most wonderful, terrible, powerful, important book I have read in years and years. It is so good, so real, so unflinching'
- Cathy Cassidy

When The World Was Ours is an exceptionally powerful book based on Liz's family's extraordinary escape from Nazi occupied countries . . . a book I hope will be read and discussed by children everywhere'
- Francesca Simon

'An absolute masterpiece!'
- Keren David

'This is a tour de force, a book about friendship and what happens when hate is institutionalised, but most of all it's a book about love'
- Catherine Johnson

'Utterly, utterly gut-churningly brilliant. It's a superb piece of writing. It should win everything going'
- Tanya Landman


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