Girl at War by Sara Novic
Traversing time periods to tell the story, Girl At War, explores the reality of war for a young girl in Yugoslavia and how it changed the course of her life. Ana was ten years old when civil war broke out and her life slowly descended from carefree and happy into the depths of despair. Even though she survives the horrific situation she loses much and does her best to bury her experiences deep inside. Now living in the US, participating in a project to tell her story sends her back home, and back to the friends and family she left behind. Anyone who has lived through a war may recognize themselves in the characters and events of this story. The youthfulness of Ana makes it bearable to read such a devastating story with a sense of hope.
Follow up by reading Safe Area Gorazde, an historical graphic novel by Joe Sacco
Review by Sarah Rosenrkantz