Girl at War

Girl at War

A Novel

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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When her happy life in 1991 Croatia is shattered by civil war, ten-year-old Ana Jurić is embroiled in a world of guerilla warfare and child soldiers before making a daring escape to America, where years later she struggles to hide her past.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780812996340
Characteristics: 320 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Summary: When her happy life in 1991 Croatia is shattered by civil war, ten-year-old Ana Jurić is embroiled in a world of guerilla warfare and child soldiers before making a daring escape to America, where years later she struggles to hide her past.


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Ana's early life was ravaged by the 1991 Balkan wars. Now a college student, Ana relives her war and its consequences as she unravels the mystery of herself and the meaning of home.

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JCLMeganK Oct 04, 2018

When civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia, Ana's family suffers the consequences. In 1991 Ana is a 10 year old Croatian girl, running through the streets of Zagreb as war advances through the country. In 2001, she is a twenty year old student living in Manhattan, learning to cope with the realities of her past and what that means for her future. I highly recommend this book. I did not know much about the history of Yugoslavia before reading this novel, and it taught me a lot about this war that happened less than thirty years ago. This book is well written, and allows the reader to understand what it is like for a child to feel the repercussions of war as they grow into adulthood.

Mar 04, 2018

This was an amazing book! I read it 2 years ago and then, today, i read it again. I chose this book for my book report because its an amazing, frightening and interesting book. I love how it showed that Ana (main character) still surfers in the future that her memories of her past life will never fade away. And that she will live with that memory forever. Now I don t want to spoil the book for anyone, if I m not making any sense.

Mar 11, 2017

Gut-wrenching story. Well-written historical fiction with interesting characters. Will read again sometime.

FW_librarian Jan 23, 2017

Written from the point of view and voice of a young woman who feels she must return to the country where she experienced horrific events and to confront her current life's decisions and relationships. The level of writing is more directed to teens but anyone who reads it will be drawn to research more about the complicated war and breakup of the Balkan countries.

Oct 12, 2016

This is another story of war written from the point of view of a child living through it. The horrors are similar to other stories on the subject but where this one is different is that the child was adopted by an American family and grew up from age 10 onwards in New York. The story flips back and forth between the past and present but manages to stay coherent and interesting.

tritonesub May 01, 2016

What a moving page turner of a book, which I couldn't put down for three days. In the words of Julia Glass included in the insightful Readers' Guide at the end of the book, this is a "story about how human beings endure, even find a way to thrive, in the face of inconsolable loss; that's what all the best fiction shows us."

Mar 16, 2016

Girl At War is a well written mix of a coming-of-age story, a story of war, and a story of love and remembrance. There are a number of books written from a child’s point of view with a backdrop of war and although Girl At War doesn’t have anything new to add, Ana’s story is both heartfelt and engaging and well worth picking up.

Jan 29, 2016

Absolutely amazing, fascinating - hard to put down once I started reading! SO worth the nights you will stay awake reading.. ;)
I grew up in Basel, Switzerland and was 10 in 1991, not too far from Croatia, but in a bubble of safety, security and very naive about the world at the time. This is incredible to learn about so many years later. Very sad in many ways, and so helpful when considering foster children or adopted children out of challenging situations while growing up. Love the book!!!

Dec 18, 2015

The story of a ten year old girl's experience in the Civil War in Yugoslavia. It is presented from the point of view of the girl, both as a child and also as an adult years later. A quick undemanding read but it still manages to pack a punch. War is never pretty.

Nov 30, 2015

Tried to give this book an honest effort but couldn"t get pass the 2nd chapter. I hope other readers have better luck

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