I Found this book an informative read . Would be an excellent story for a book report . 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.
The first person account really shows what this young girl had to go through just to stay alive. It can be related to many things that are occuring now throughout the world. Many say she's a modern Anne Frank, and I agree!
This book is very passionately written as a diary, day by day, in the life of a child who goes from living a normal life to one of war, making do with what you have, bombing, noise, no school, no outings.. This book is a reminder to all of us who live in a "peaceful" society of what happens to children during wartime. I read "The diary of Anne Frank" as a teen, but this really brought it home to me.
Similar to "The Diary of Anne Frank" but more contemporary--1992-1993 in Sarajevo. Short entries, gives you a sense of what living in a war torn country is like. Definitely made me thankful for everything we have and that we aren't fighting a war on U.S. soil at least. It was enlightening to me to see how similar Zlata was to American 11-yr.-olds.