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

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

by Zlata Filipovic
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Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo: Revised Edition by Zlata Filipovic

The child's diary that awakened the conscience of the world

When Zlata’s Diary was first published at the height of the Bosnian conflict, it became an international bestseller 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-today record of the life of a typical eleven-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 a book that has the power to move and instruct readers a world away.

"The only bright thing to come from [Sarajevo's] recent history." -USA Today

"Conveys the bewilderment and horror of modern-day conflict...One of Zlata's gifts lies in throwing a human light on intolerable events." -San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101006979
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 348,027
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Zlata Filipovic wrote her diary between September 1991 and October 1993. Following its publication, she was awarded the Special Child of Courage Award by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. She and her family left Sarajevo in December of 1993, and used the proceeds from the book to launch a charity for child victims of the Bosnian war.

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Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo: Revised Edition 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Gabrielle Zukowski More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing. get it u will be happy u did
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok i read this in a short version for schoolit was kinda interesting i reccomend this to people who care about serijevo(not that i dont)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great book i am reading it in school andi p lan on buying it for my nook
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i read a few entries in my textbook at school. it sounds like an ok book
The_Music_Man More than 1 year ago
5 stars all around. This book was really the best book EVER. It was so informative and just gave you a good understanding of how it was like to be a child in a war-torn city, where when you looked outside, you didnt see blue skies, they were BLACK. She didnt see kids playing outside, she saw DEATH. It was dangerous to GO TO SCHOOL, nevermind play with her friends. once again, Amazing book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was a great experence. reading a childs diary from when she/he was in war. i never thought that living in war was that bad. well, actually i know it would but wheni was reading this book, i really felt that i was in the same spot light as Zlata i realized that even reading this book made me consintrate on what life is like living in a toown with a war going on in that town.
DAMiller More than 1 year ago
Zlata's Diary was a fantastic account of the events surrounding the life of Zlata Filipovic during the Yugoslav Wars (specifically 1991-92). Zlata goes into plenty of detail about the situation of the people in Sarajevo during the war and it's effects on the city.  She doesn't hide anything about what she writes and this helps portray what it is really like being a civilian during a war. The book is translated into many languages and is recognized internationally as a bestseller. Throughout the book pictures are shown that help describe Zlata's personality and feelings. This is definitely a recommended book for people who enjoy real-life accounts of events.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To me this book was amazing because it was about a girl named Zlata who lived in Sarajevo  while it was under war. I really liked reading this book because it was something i could relate to and  also it was very informative because it explained how it was like to be a kid in a city where everything  around you was being destroyed.  Armand. M
TylerSzabries More than 1 year ago
Zlata's Diary was a wonderful read, I thoroughly enjoyed the book from cover to cover which is very rare. The reason why this book was so  interesting was because the Bosnia/Serbia conflict was seen through the eyes of a little girl. When Zlata starts to go on about the shelling of Sarajevo  it's truly heart wrenching to hear her say how her childhood has been ruined by the bad men and how many of her freinds  had to leave her. The perspective of this book is like Ann Frank's Diary but it is during different times, but in a way it's the same because  all both the girls have, is a pencil and a journal. This book was very influential on the way that i look at the Bosnia conflict because i got  a look into a real citizen's struggle for day to day life, not knowing where food was coming from, where the next shell was going to land. or wondering where your family is.I highly recommend this book because throughout the book you only get snapshots of the war and  this aspect of the book keeps you on the edge of your seat till the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Zlata Filipovic was a normal eleven year old girl in Sarajevo, Bosnia until the Bosnian War began in 1991. Zlata’s life changed a lot from there on. She enjoyed going to school, playing with friends, and watching TV just as any fifth grader would, but under the new circumstances created by the war she could not do any of that anymore. She had to spend her days locked in a bomb shelter to hide from the artillery fire or in her house constantly to avoid the sniper fire. She loses many friends during the war. They are either killed or leave Sarajevo to escape the chaos. It has a serious effect on Zlata and her parents. Zlata had to go every day listening to the shelling of the artillery, After a while she became used to the noise and it did not really bother her as long as a shell did not hit within 500 meters of her house. She spent most of her days hiding in her neighbors, the Bobars, bomb shelter with her parents. Days would pass before she could even hear from or see her friends. It was dangerous for them to cross town to see one another. They had to worry about sniper fire too. They had one that would upon them and play tricks with her family. They nicknamed him Jovo and Zlata said he was playful with his fire. The war had torn most of the city of Sarajevo that she had grown up into rubble and ruins. Her school was destroyed by a shell and it also had killed a boy in her class with the shrapnel. They did not have water, gas, or electricity most of the time. They also had shortages of food. Occasionally they had the luck of receiving a care package from friends who had fled to safety, from someone donating from another country, or a United Nations care package. Her normal life of watching MTV, playing with friends, and going to school was gone her childhood had been taken from her. The war started in 1991 and Zlata managed to escape before it ended because of a reporter getting her diary published as a book. Teenagers and Pre-teens would be suitable readers for this book. They would learn of what the hardships of living in a war zone would be and could relate to Zlata’s life before it. It might help one realize their life could be taken just like Zlata’s was. I think that the words in the book are at level of this age group too. This book is wonderful for someone who finds war stories interesting. It has an interesting story to be told about a young girl whose everyday life is torn into pieces because of other people’s decisions. It shows her point of view on the politics of war and gives her opinion upon it. The book would be an interesting read for Teenagers and Pre-Teens because of some might relate to her life before the war. The wording of the book is also suitable for this level.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was 8 years old. It is still as moving 20 years later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect story for anyone who loves a tragic story. This story is also an accurate PG-13 record of what happened during the Bosnian War and has no explicit language anywhere in the book. The setting and time that the story takes place in is Sarajevo during the Bosnian War, which occurred between the spring of 1992 and the winter of 1995.. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book because of all it's pictures and writings. It's lesson is to never give up even if you feel like you hve to. Most people just think that other people in diffrent countrys can take on war but the kids in these countrys can't like in the Phillipines where that huge hurricane is taking place. :(for those kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sad but insparational. One of the best books i ever read
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I loved this book i had to read it for a book report for school