My Childhood Under Fire

Nadja Halilbegovich

“Bombs are exploding all over the city. I hide my feelings from everyone, but I am drowning in despair. When will this war end? For how long will my life consist of the dead space between two explosions?” --- June 6, 1995

On the first day of the siege of Sarajevo, 12-year-old Nadja Halilbegovich's life changed forever. In the face of constant tank and sniper fire, daily life in this beautiful, mountain-ringed city was suddenly full of fear. Without reliable electricity, water or medical supplies, the blockaded city ground to a halt. Nadja and her fellow citizens tried desperately to live normal lives while forced to scrounge for even the most basic necessities.

My Childhood Under Fire is Nadja's diary of the years 1992-95. It is her personal account of becoming a teenager during wartime. It is also a monument to the thousands killed during the siege of Sarajevo and to the millions of children around the world who still live --- and die --- under fire.

978-1-55453-267-4 | Feb 1, 2008
List Price: USD $11.99, CAD $11.99
BW 6 x 8 120 pages
Grades: 5 To 9 / Ages: 10 to 14

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Awards & Reviews

“Her terse vignettes replay the horror of her comfortable home torn apart. The haunting question, 'Why did the world allow it to happen?' drives her powerful plea for peace.”
— Booklist, November 2006
“This book keeps readers entranced as they learn of the horror, savagery and cruelty that took place during the war.”
— Canadian Children's Book News, October 2006
“This is an important book as it reveals the effects of a little-known war on innocent people from a personal perspective.”
— School Library Journal, July 2006
“[I]mmediate and resonant.”
— Publishers Weekly, March 2006
2007 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed
2007 - Golden Oak Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2007 - Books for the Teen Age List, New York Public Library, Winner
2007 - Independent Publisher Book Award - Bronze Medal, Winner
2006 - Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
2006 - International Book Award, The Society of School Librarians International, Winner

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