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Zlata's Diary Audiobook

Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo

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Publisher's Summary

When Zlata's Diary was first published at the height of the Bosnian conflict, it became an international best-seller and was compared to The Diary of Anne Frank, both for the freshness of its voice and the grimness of the world it describes.

It begins as the day-to-day record of the life of a typical 11-year-old girl, preoccupied by piano lessons and birthday parties. But as war engulfs Sarajevo, Zlata Filipovic becomes a witness to food shortages and the deaths of friends and learns to wait out bombardments in a neighbor's cellar. Yet throughout, she remains courageous and observant. The result is an audiobook that has the power to move and instruct listeners a world away.

©2006 Zlata Filipovic; (P)2007 Penguin Group USA

What the Critics Say

"The narrative provides a vivid description of the ravages of war and its effect upon one young woman, and, as such, is valuable for today's YAs." (School Library Journal)

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    I'm 46. I wondered if I might enjoy a diary written from one of the adults, or if I might have related better and really bonded with Zlata if I were a school girl. By the end of the book, this poor child had grown up so much. Much too much! I had been hoping to learn why the war happened, but if the people who lived through it can't understand it, I'm sure I can't either.
    It's frightening. Now there is the Syrian Refugee Crisis. American's are split on every little issue. Terrorists keep popping up here and there. I'm sure the war in Sarajevo started over less.
    I appreciate her willingness to share her diary with us. I can't say it was "enjoyable", but it was interesting, frightening, and always full of hope.

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