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In a voice both innocent and wise, touchingly reminiscent of Anne Frank's, Zlata Filipovic's diary has awoken the conscience of the world. Now thirteen years old, Zlata began her diary just before her eleventh birthday, when there was peace in Sarajevo and her life was that of a bright, intelligent, carefree young girl. Her early entries describe her friends, her new skis, her family, her grades at school, her interest in joining the Madonna Fan Club. And then, on television, she sees the bombs falling on Dubrovnik. Though repelled by the sight, Zlata cannot conceive of the same thing happening in Sarajevo. When it does, the whole tone of her diary changes. Early on, she starts an entry to "Dear Mimmy" (named after her dead goldfish): "SLAUGHTERHOUSE! MASSACRE! HORROR! CRIMES! BLOOD! SCREAMS! DESPAIR!" We see the world of a child increasingly circumscribed by the violence outside. Zlata is confined to her family's apartment, spending the nights, as the shells rain down mercilessly, in a neighbor's cellar. And the danger outside steadily invades her life. No more school. Living without water and electricity. Food in short supply. The onslaught destroys the pieces she loves, kills or injures her friends, visibly ages her parents. In one entry Zlata cries out, "War has nothing to do with humanity. War is something inhuman." In another, she thinks about killing herself. Yet, with indomitable courage and a clarity of mind well beyond her years, Zlata preserves what she can of her former existence, continuing to study piano, to find books to read, to celebrate special occasions - recording it all in the pages of this extraordinary diary.

In September 1991, shortly before war broke out on the streets of Sarajevo, 11-year-old Zlata Filipovic began to keep a diary. In a voice both innocent and wise, she wrote of the horrors of war--the deaths of friends, a shortage of food, and days spent in fear--and issued a compelling plea for peace that has moved parents and children, and will continue to awaken the conscience of the world.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A graphic firsthand look at the war in Sarajevo by a Croatian girl whose personal world has collapsed, this vivid, sensitive diary sounds an urgent and compelling appeal for peace. Filipovic begins her precocious journal in autumn 1991 as a contented 10-year-old preoccupied with piano and tennis lessons and saturated with American movies, TV shows, books and rock music. Soon the bombs start falling; her friends are killed by shrapnel or snipers' bullets; her family's country house burns down, and they subsist on UN food packages, without gas, electricity or water, as thousands of Sarajevans die. Filipovic, whose circle of friends included Serbs, Croats and Muslims, blames the former Yugoslavia's politicians for dividing ethnic groups and playing hell with people's lives. She and her parents escaped to Paris, and her diary, originally published in Croat by UNICEF, was reissued in France and has already been much written about in the U.S. Photos not seen by PW. 200,000 first printing; film rights to Universal; first serial to Newsweek; author tour Mar.
The ALAN Review - Joan F. Kaywell
When Zlata Filipovic, "the Anne Frank of Sarajevo," began her diary entries on September 2, 1991, her life was typical of many eleven-year olds. She enjoyed watching MTV, vacationing with her family, going out for pizza, playing the piano, and going to school. Even after the bombing of Dubrovnic, war was something too far away to be real, believable, or concerned about. By the time she ended her diary entries on October 13, 1992, war was very real and life was anything but typical: a wrapped tomato was the "nicest `bouquet' she ever got"; rationed electricity was both a blessing and a curse; and the dead, wounded, and constant bombings were a part of her daily existence. Referring to the Serbian, Croatian, and Muslim warlords as "kids," Zlata frequently remarks how she-ironically-has lost her childhood forever. Although Zlata's writing skill is reflective of her age, readers may find it useful to chart names and refer to maps to assist with their reading.
Library Journal
In September 1991, at the beginning of a new school year and while war was already as close as Croatia, Filipovic, a ten-year-old girl in Sarajevo began keeping a diary about her school friends, her classes, and her after-school activities. The following spring that childhood world disappeared when the war moved to Sarajevo. Instead of school and parties, her world came to consist of cowering in cellars during the shelling, trying to survive despite intermittent electric power and water supply, and sadness: sadness when friends and relatives left the besieged city for a safer area; sadness when those who remained behind were killed; sadness that her childhood had vanished. Filipovic has no interest in the politics of this war she dismisses all political leaders contemptuously as ``kids'' but only in its effects on those close to her. The power of her book lies precisely in its concern with innocence lost. Recommended for popular collections.-Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York
School Library Journal
YA-From September 1991 through October 1993, young Zlata Filipovic kept a diary. When she began it, she was 11 years old, concerned mostly with friends, school, piano lessons, MTV, and Madonna. As the diary ends, she has become used to constant bombing and snipers; severe shortages of food, water, and gas; and the end of a privileged adolescence in her native Sarajevo. Zlata has been described as the new Anne Frank. While the circumstances are somewhat similar, and Zlata is intelligent and observant, this diary lacks the compelling style and mature preceptions that gave Anne Frank's account such universality. The entire situation in the former Yugoslavia, however, is of such currency and concern that any first-person account, especially one such as this that speaks so directly to adolescents, is important and necessary. While not great literature, 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.-Susan H. Woodcock, King's Park Library, Burke, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140242058
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1995
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    This is the perfect story for anyone who loves a tragic story. T

    This is the perfect story for anyone who loves a tragic story. The setting and time that the story takes place in is Sarajevo during the Bosnian War. The story starts as a sweet and happy story, but turns into a tragic, bitter, and sad story. In the midst of the chaotic tragedy are death, starvation, destruction, vital supply shortages, corrupt politicians, and more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    This is the perfect story for anyone who loves a tragic story. T

    This is the perfect story for anyone who loves a tragic story. The story starts as a sweet and happy story, but turns into a tragic, bitter, and sad story. In the midst of the chaotic tragedy are death, starvation, destruction, vital supply shortages, corrupt politicians, and more.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    An inspiring memoir of war, love, hope, and peace

    Zlata's Diary is a touching memoir, by Zlata Filipovic, about her, a young girl whose beloved homeland goes up in flames when a war breaks out. Zlata's Diary is about an 11 year old girl who struggles through her young life, living in the middle of war in Sarajevo. She talks about how the horrible war took her childhood away; she says that it visibly ages her parents. The communication between her friends and family is gone, for there is no power, and the post office has been burned to the ground. There is nothing her and her parents can do but sit and wait. Once she cries out "BOREDOM!!! SHOOTING!!! SHELLING!!! PEOPLE BEING KILLED!!! DESPAIR!!! HUNGER!!! MISERY!!! FEAR!!!" (PG 65.) She talks about how the war has killed her loved ones, and even innocent children she has barely met. Just imagine a world filled without power, water, and little food, a world with shooting and bombing, killing and constant fear.
    This is one of my favorite books, because it can show people how hard life is for some people and how some take it for granted. I would recommend this book for older kids and teens, because it's all about war and how it is ruining the life of the people who are forced to live in the middle of it. It may be about war, but if you think about it, it's more about love, hope, and fear. Would you be able to live through such horror? Imagine being forced to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    An eleven year old surivives with her family during bosnian war

    I would reccomed this book Zlata's Diary to others to read. Is really interesting how Zlata was a really strong girl during the war. She lost a lot of her close friend some of them died or they moved out of Saravejo. There were nights when they did not have electricity, water, and gas.Sometimes she would not go to school. because of the shelling of the war.She survived in though she went through a lot problems for her and her family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2006

    Grace, a 5th grader

    This book is a great book that you will never forget. An amazing story of hope, sorrow, and courage, it is a very powerful diary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    Awesome Book

    I loved this book, its one of those that keeps your interest and is hardto put down because u r so curious of what will happen next! I would reccomend this book to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2004

    In Times of War

    This is the story about a young girl growing up in Sarajevo. She was a very normal girl, she played piano, went to school, enjoyed sports, hated boys, and even liked to dance. Although when she was around 10, a war broke out near her home. She was forced to move out, live in harsh war conditions without gas, heating, or sometimes even food. All this caused her to feel like she couldn't go on anymore. Living in a country at war isn't very easy at all, especially when as a child you don't even know why the war is being fought. One thing I liked about this book was that it was a diary, the story wasn't altered to make it seem more interesting. It was all true. I really enjoy true stories. This book seemed very sad, but when I really sat down to think about it, it was simply about a girl wanting to get her story out there about the true harsh reality of a war. I guess this book really opened my eyes to what a war is really like. Although this book was great, I didn't like the fact that it was an Anne frank repeat. It was very interesting to read but it seemed like the girl wrote it just to have it published instead of for herself. It didn't seem like a true diary, it seemed like a book. I know what I write about in my diary and what I would write about during hard times, but the things she said just didn't make it seem to sincere. In the end I did enjoy this book though. I would recomend it to a younger crowd of kids though, middle school aged.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2003

    It continues!

    In the same voice as Anne Frank, Zlata has kept a journal of the painful living, she and her family, had to endure through the through the war in Sarajevo. A book that proves that people do endure through the toughest of times!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2003

    Zlata

    This book was an amazing insight to the tragic things the people of Sarejevo faced. It was emotionally moving and had a great impact on how i now view the world i live in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2003

    A wonderful, but terrible, story

    This was a wonderful story of her life. It was horrible to read what she went through at such a young age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2002

    Heart Breaking

    I am proud to be an american. I understand your story. This story is very sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2002

    Its good

    My review is that this story end differently as I expected. It looks like it didn't have no end. I realize that this was a true story. It was diffrent as the other books I read.It was wierd when the scences changing from one place to another.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2002

    A Sad Life in Zlata's Diary

    A very sad life that Zlata had in Sarajevo. I think she should earn all the stars and a medal because how she kept people reading in the book. How? Well, Zlata is basically a homeless person, and tries to find a way not to think about what was going up above ground.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2002

    moving to the heart

    It was a moving life story of a girl with a heart of gold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2001

    Wonderful

    This book was vrey good. We are readibg it at school for 10 minutes evry day and then writing our own thoughts and views about what happened evry day in our own Journals. You should read this book. You will enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2001

    TEARJERKER

    This diary is a great. It really makes you think how blessed you are here in America! Read it today!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2002

    Sad life in Sarajevo

    I think that this book Zlata's Diary is a sad and awesome book to read. Zlata's Diary should get 5 stars plus a gold metal for being so great. That is what I think of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2001

    What a GREAT book!!!

    This book was really good. It showed the world through her eyes and what she had to go through every day. 'Zlata's Diary' deserves a metal!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2000

    A story of war and neverending peace

    this story is about an eleven- year old girl who lives through an amazing war, with devestating destruction of Sarajevo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2000

    A war and a child

    I read Zlata's Diary as a part of an application project for Honors 9 Geography. The refugees fit into the movement of people, one of the five themes of georgraphy (place, human environment interaction, movement, location, and region). The book helped me to understand the five themes of geography along with history of the world around me. Zlata is the author, and what I liked about her style of writing is the way she tells things like it is. She gets to the point making the book exciting and not boring like some of the books out there. To tell you the truth I didn't even relize that the war was only about 7 years ago. This book taught me alot about Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sarajevo, and the things that the people of this country went through. Zlata made me fell sad for her, her family, and her country. Losing her friends, relatives and not even being able to go out side and be a child. Even though this book is under my reading level a bit I really enjoyed reading about her life.

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