Title: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Author: Anne Frank
Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition, 1986 (1947)
About the author:
Anne Frank was a teen writer who went into hiding during the Holocaust, journaling her experiences in the renowned work The Diary of Anne Frank.
Born on June 12, 1929, in Frankfurt, Germany, Anne Frank lived in Amsterdam with her family during World War II. Fleeing Nazi persecution of Jews, the family went into hiding for two years; during this time, Frank wrote about her experiences and wishes. She was 15 when the family was found and sent to the camps, where she died. Her work, The Diary of Anne Frank, has gone on to be read by millions.
Anne Frank heard on the radio that people were looking for journals that people wrote during this awful time in history. With that in mind, she wrote in the diary she named “Kitty”. She had hoped that one day this dairy might be published.
Translated from her original Dutch language, this biography is as haunting as any book that I have ever read. Filled with a young woman’s diary entries of living under the constant fear of being caught, this story had a very strong sense of place-the hideout the Franks lived in with another family.
Anne was full of energy, smarts, and had a great sense of humor. This young life, along with millions of others, is a testament to the human spirit. We are fortunate to have read this diary.
Reader’s Annotation: A strong, sweet teenager hides out with her family from the evils of Hitler’s Germany.
Genre: non–fiction, biography, history
Curriculum Ties: history- WWII time period, writing
Booktalking Ideas: Diaries are usually personal, but Anne had hoped that someone would read her diary. What would you write in a diary that someone might read?
Reading Level/Interest Age: 12+
Challenge Issues: unsuited for age group
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Why did you pick this for your collection?
- YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound – Biography: 1999
- YALSA Best Books for Young Adults: 1996
- YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults: Narrative Non-Fiction: Inspired by Actual Events (2015)