Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Paperback; ISBN 9780553296983, 0553296981
Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annex" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.
Read a review of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, reviewed by Brianna Eschen (age 14): Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl who lived lived in Holland during WW II. Her family had moved from Germany, their native land, when Hitler started persecuting the Jews. Later, when Anne was 13, the Frank family, along with four more people, went into hiding. Before she went into hiding, she had received a journal which she faithfully kept up in the two years of hiding describing their hiding place, daily life, food, struggles, and joys. I found her descriptions of what life was like in hiding very fascinating as I enjoy learning about Holland during that time period. Although not all of her views in life are correct, it was interesting to hear what she and those around her thought of the situation. Anne stopped writing in her diary quite abruptly so before it was published the history of the rest of her life was added where her writing stops. I would recommend this book for girls around 13 and up. I hope you enjoy this book!