Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Author: Frank, Anne
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1942-1945
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: Netherlands
Topics: Holocaust
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography
Reading Age: Upper Middle Grade, Young Adult
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 1947

World History > Modern Age > WWII / Holocaust

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic— a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

In 1942, with the 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, the Franks and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe” 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 surprisingly humorous, 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.

Emily's Review

I read this book so many times in my teen years that I felt like I actually knew Anne. Her words seared themselves into my mind, and made me feel less alone when I was the only Jewish kid in school. I even performed selections from Anne Frank's Diary in Forensics (a public speaking competition) that took me all the way to state finals. I think it's easy to think of her as this sainted girl, a picture of innocence and perfection because she didn't get a chance to grow up and make any mistakes. But Anne was just a girl, like every other girl, she was moody sometimes, she was a little bit boy crazy, but also questioning her own sexuality. Through her wit, humor, and wry observation, she managed to capture what living in hiding for several years was like. She was a great many things, and I get angry every time I think about how we were robbed of her talent and creativity. Her diary should be required reading.

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