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If you've ever been to summer camp, or seen a movie about going to a summer camp-or just have ideas about what life is like in a summer camp, you must read LOST IN MOSCOW: a brat in the U.S.S.R. by Kirsten Koza. You can't imagine what summer camp was like in the Soviet Union in 1977. Kirsten Koza knows first-hand, and has written about what it was like for an 11 year-old girl from Toronto to go to camp in cold-war Russia. What would possess a parent to send their child to the other side of the planet to go to summer camp? She tells us that her grandmother entered her name in a raffle that was hosted by the Soviet government. The prize was for a child to be sent to a camp in the USSR for the summer. She goes on to say, "It was the only raffle my grandmother ever won." Even before she arrives at the camp, she gets lost in Moscow, breaks the rules in Red Square and gets chased by the Red Army. Her book, besides being a wonderful time capsule of the early seventies, has a voice that is true and authentic. It represents perfectly, the language and cadence of the seventies, and for context touches on seventies current events to anchor you to the period. Lost In Moscow reminds us that it was a different world in the seventies. For instance, everyone seemed to smoke, and smoke everywhere: something we find completely foreign now. Russia was then a part of the Soviet Union, and for most people, a dark grey mystery. The young campers' characters are rich and nuanced, and the Soviets are serious, kind, and puzzled by the westerners. The beauty of this memoir, is the unwavering perspective of the author as an eleven-year-old Kirsten. Kirsten, who's name most people seem to mispronounce, allows us to accompany her on this adventure, and confides in us. This is no summer camp for the privileged suburbanite. I won't spoil it for you by giving anything away, but the chapter titles are priceless. Chapter 1 is, "There is no milk. You may have vodka." This book had me hooked as soon as I turned the first page, and held me throughout. You'll love LOST IN MOSCOW: a brat in the U.S.S.R.
Not since Canadian film maker Sandy Wilson's MY AMERICAN COUSIN has there been such an honest coming of age story for adolescent girls.On that note this is exactly what Kirsten Koza's first novel Lost In Moscow should become--who has the movie rights??? From the get go Koza takes you along as she sets out on a 'summer camp' holiday to cold war 1970's Soviet Union. That in itself should tell you that this won't be your typical summer frolic. Koza intrigingly writes in her eleven year old voice.--At first it took a while to get use to--or rather to warm up to--we all know as adults how flippantly annoying adolescents of either sex can be. Yet as the book clips along(the cadence of this book does clip--trust me) something starts to happen. You find yourself travelling back to your own childhood as koza's sometimes brutally honest reflections come zinging by. This book is a hilarious tour de force,but sprinkled through out is 11 yr old koza's honest portrayal of adolescent politics--the good,the bad and the ugly.This of course is all set against the backdrop of an extaordinary summer spent in the Soviet Union that will keep you spellbound. Who sends their kids off to summer camp there?--Well,Koza's parents did and its good in our eyes....