Originally published in Croat by UNICEF, this is the wartime diary
of a Sarajevo girl who has since moved to Paris. Zlata began
keeping her diary at the age of 11, nearly eight months before the
shelling of Sarajevo began. A chronicle that begins in September
1991 with Zlata buying school supplies is forced, by March 1993, to
reckon with the fact that all "the schools near me are either
unusable or full of refugees." Zlata's voice, understandably, has
difficulty maturing at a pace demanded by the events it records,
and some passages communicate more bathos than outrage or insight.
But that's history's fault, not Zlata's. (Kirkus Reviews)
I'm trying to concentrate so that I can do my homework (reading) but I simply can't. Something is going on in town. You can hear gunfire from the hills!
This entry in Zlata's diary in April 1992 shows how the war draws relentlessly closer to her home in Sarajevo. When she starts her diary, Zlata tells of her normal, happy life with her family and friends. But soon they are fighting to survive. Zlata's very personal account is a vivid portrait of an innocent child caught up in a terrible war.
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