Zalta's Diary: A Child's Life In Sarajevo

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Title: Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo Author: Zlata Filipovic Rating: Good Zlata's Diary is a story about a young girl, who at the young age of eleven, is trapped in Sarajevo during times of war. She tells of the horrifying experiences that went on in Sarajevo. The diary spans over two years of living through torturous moments like celebrating holidays in her basement, losing her uncle, and having her best friends killed by a bomb while playing in a park.

Zlata was an overachiever who would not settle for less than an A. She enjoyed many activities like singing, playing the piano, and especially admiring models and famous American actresses. She was very close to her two parents. Being an only child meant she was very blessed by her parents. When war started in her country she becomes slightly worried, but when it started hitting home her life was turned upside down.

Making changes to her normal life was the hardest. She could not stand having to stay home and not be able to go to school. Talking to her best friend Nina was not possible anymore; neither was taking piano lessons, nor playing in the park. It was simple activities that were not possible anymore because of the fighting that really upset her.

Zlata wrote in her book for two years. It's almost a day by day account of her feeling of life and war. Zlata was later moved from her town in Sarajevo to a temporary home Paris.

I personally think Zlata's Diary was a very interesting book. The book gave a perspective of one's view on war, but not from an adult's view, but from an innocent child whose life was dramatically changed by war.

Zlata gets her point across. She writes how she feels...