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Stolen Voices: Young People's War Diaries, from World War I to Iraq

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  202 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
From the author of the international bestseller Zlata's Diary comes a haunting testament to how war's brutality affects the lives of young people

Zlata Filipovic's diary of her harrowing war experiences in the Balkans, published in 1993, made her a globally recognized spokesperson for children affected by military conflict. In Stolen Voices, she and co-editor Melanie Chal

Published December 26th 2006 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated (first published 2006)
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Apr 22, 2008 Aimee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a selection of diary entries from tweens and teens who experienced war either on the home front or on the front lines during the 20th century. It was most illuminating to see how their perspectives on war changed over the course of their entries and between the different diariests. The early writers seemed so in favor of war, and wanted to go and fight themselves. But by the end of the century every diarist believed from the beginning that all war was horrible. Another consistent theme w ...more
Dec 24, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Very interesting to hear about different wars from the voices of those who you do not normally hear. The editors did a good job choosing a wide variety of diaries from many different sides of each conflict.
Jun 26, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Growing up I was fascinated by Historical Fiction and Historical Memoirs, especially those connected to wartimes. It wasn't necessarily the wars themselves that interested me, catalogs of battles and strategies don't stick with me for very long. Rather, it was the human experience and the changes one experiences during war that held my attention. The published diaries of Zlata Filipovic and Ann Frank hold special spaces on my shelves. Now they can be joined by Stolen Voices. It is a collection o ...more
Bethany Venus
Jun 13, 2010 Bethany Venus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The effects of war on young people are often forgotten. Stolen Voices gives a voice to these very real people who faced war. Readers will get glimpses into the lives of diaries from young people who were effected by wars from World War I to the Iraqi war that began in 2003 and everything in between including the less well known conflicts such as the Balkan’s War and the Second Intifada that began in 2003. These very real diary entries show the fear, terror, homesickness, loneliness, and pain of ...more
Cassandra Miller
Mar 19, 2013 Cassandra Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: universtiy, history
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Daniela Garcia
Dec 17, 2013 Daniela Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stolen Voices by Olara A.Otunnu is a book of young people that wrote diaries during World War I to the war in Iraq. This book is very interesting in a way that makes you think what you would have done in their place. The kids had to hide from people, or had to participate in the war leaving their families behind. Some of them died, some had to suffer and then die. There were too many characters to list them all, but all of them teach me an example: to be strong on what I believe, and to not let ...more
Lacey Louwagie
Sep 27, 2007 Lacey Louwagie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: President Bush & others who like war
Shelves: diaries
This as an anthology of young people's war diaries from World War I up to Iraq. It was painful to read because it really puts a face on war. A few of the diaries particularly stood out to me -- one from a Jewish girl who got sent to England to save her from the Nazis. She lived with a foster family and filled her diary with her longing to see her mother and her home again. There was also a journal from a Japanese American in an internment camp. He filled his pages with humor and kindness and loy ...more
A bit heavy on World War II (which takes up more than half the book--but then, it was a war that covered a lot of geographic ground), but still, compelling and moving for the common ground among the many different war diaries--the constant hoping things will get better, the depression, the clinging to one's life and one's dreams, and the constant adolescent worrying that one is somehow is a bad person for not coping better than one is, and the regular resolving to somehow cope better--to be bett ...more
Oct 09, 2015 Debi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read although a sad one.
This book covers war diaries from young people from different countries.
Each individual shares there experiences of the war that there country is going through
at the time.
Would be a good book to read in schools.
Aug 06, 2007 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Excerps of war diaries of the young people involved in conflicts. I picked the book up when I saw that was edited by the author of Zlata's Diary, which I had read many years ago. I liked how this book seemed to include different perspectives. The stories of some young soldiers, and of children living in the war zones. Stories of the palistinian/israeli conflict with diaries from both a palistinian and israeli girl. It was interesting to see the same themes repeated in each story, no matter the t ...more
Jan 07, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w-s-bookclub
Each story got harder, more graphic. It was good overall
Jun 06, 2013 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zlata Filipovic; pg 277:"In short, a child without a childhood. A wartime child."

Stolen Voices is a collection of 14 diaries, ranging from World War One to Iraq.
It gives you a look into the perspectives of the children, suffering and experiencing the terrors of war.

A great piece of non-fiction. I enjoyed this book. Take time and listen[read] about how the children feel. This injustice,war, controlled by regime's from [Nazis] Hitler, Hussein...

We hear the voices, that were stolen by the outbreak
Nov 12, 2008 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers, adults
I was impressed by the eloquence of the writing of these young people. Reading what teenagers wrote 40-75 years ago is amazing. Their language and writing skills were so well developed and they expressed themselves so beautifully. It was interesting to read first-hand accounts of what it's like to live in the midst of war, especially the more current accounts. This would be a good read for most teenagers.
Jul 16, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not since Anne Frank have I read a diary (or collection) by children or young adults living with war. The wars are varied, and I do not suggest anyone under 12 reading this due to some graphic scenes written of war time devastation.

One story, in particular was written by a young man who became a soldier in Vietnam.
Some of these diary authors survived, some did not. Pictures of each are included.
Aug 30, 2010 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookgroupreads
This book should be required reading of any government leader who wants to start a war for his own selfish agenda, just so he knows how his war affects real people. It doesn't matter what war it is -- children from every generation ask the same question: what did I do to deserve this? And they all hope the same thing -- that no one else ever has to endure what they've endured.
Apr 22, 2010 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The diaries are moving and captivating. Some more than others. I like how they give you historical information about the war and time period before the diary. Many of the wars I have little background knowlege about, which means the concepts in the diaries will mean less to me. However, the author does a great job of catching the reader up before starting the diaries.
I wasn't expecting another Anne Frank. But, I expected the selection of journals to at least be INTERESTING. Most of the writing doesn't even pertain to war. It's a monotony of descriptions about everyday life. Not to trivialize the awful events these writers went through. But, the book just wasn't very absorbing or well compiled.
Dec 12, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartbreaking! it is a collection of diary entries from civilains and military personnel and how the wars affected their lives, starting with World War I and ending with the Iraq War. It makes you really appreciate everything you have and how lucky we are to live in a free society.
Dec 02, 2008 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. war through the eyes of starts with WWI and ends with the Iraq war, and although their worlds are turned upside down, they are still very much children. Really interesting viewpoints, also sad...(obviously).
Dec 26, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: global
More work reading. A quick read that condenses many years and many stories into very few pages. Pick up Zlata's Diary for a more meaningful read.
Aug 15, 2007 Joanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should be a staple in high schools everywhere. It was moving and really though provoking.
Aug 06, 2014 Damián rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Relatos de los niños y jovenes victimas de las diferentes guerras que asolaron el mundo. Promete.
I seem to be obsessed with war diaries. This feeds that obsession just fine. Very sad, though.
Jun 07, 2007 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting first hand letters and diaries of young people growing up in times of war.
Julie Jeary
Jan 06, 2012 Julie Jeary rated it really liked it
Stories of war all over the world as told by children in their own words.
Noran Miss Pumkin
one of my bookstore finds this week-aug/08.
Jun 09, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting insight on how life is in a warzone.
May 09, 2013 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting read
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Zlata Filipović is a Bosnian-Croat writer and author of the book Zlata's Diary.
From 1991 to 1993, she wrote in her diary (called "Mimy") about the horrors of war in Sarajevo, through which she was living. Some news agencies and media outlets labeled her the "Anne Frank of Sarajevo". Unlike Frank, however, Zlata and her family all survived and escaped to Paris in 1993 where they stayed for a year.
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“It (politician) wants to separate them. And to do so it has chosen the worst, blackest pencil of all - the pencil of war, which spells only misery and death.” 3 likes
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