The Old Brown Suitcase Book Summary and Study Guide

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of The Old Brown Suitcase

Slava, a teenage immigrant girl, moves to Canada from Poland after World War II. She struggles with life in a new country and is often haunted by her past. Fourteen year old Slava's difficulties include anti-Semitic racism in Canada, learning the English language, making friends, doing well in school, dealing with the death of loved ones, and navigating her young romances. Slava's story is complicated by her memories of the Nazis and war in Europe. She vividly remembers her history, which included starvation, illness, abandonment and the general destruction of the war.
Click here to see the rest of this review

The review of this Book prepared by Jennifer Selk

Chapter Analysis of The Old Brown Suitcase

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Jew Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Conflict:    -   War, WW II

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Poland The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada

Books with storylines, themes & endings like The Old Brown Suitcase

Lillian Boraks-Nemetz Books Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
2 Ways to Search!

Our Chief Librarian