Sunday, October 9, 2011

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

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Frank, Anne. Anne Frank: The diary of a young girl. (B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday, Trans.). New York: Doubleday & Company Inc., 1967.

Annotation: A Jewish teen details her life in a diary while in hiding from Nazi Germany during World War II.

Anne Frank is the story that has captured the world’s heart since its publication in 1947. It is the true account of a Jewish teen girl living in Amsterdam during World War II. For her thirteenth birthday in 1942, Anne is given a diary, which she treasures and confides her most personal thoughts. Shortly after that, her family – mother, father and older sister – goes into hiding with another family and an older gentleman. Anne’s family and the others hide in the “secret annex” for a little more than two years, with Anne sharing her thoughts and observations in the diary all the while. 

She documents the fears and the claustrophobic conditions of her life in hiding along with the things many teenagers experience when growing up – defining oneself, laughter, quarrels, jealousy and even first love. Because the diary shares Anne’s raw feeling, it gives readers a rare glimpse into what it was like to be a Jewish teen during World War II and to live with a fear of being discovered yet still hoping for deliverance. The book also provides the tragic ending to Anne after her diary expectantly ends Aug. 1, 1944, and how her diary is published.

Award: YALSA Best Books for Young Adults

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