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Young people from Bosnia talk about war
Fireside, Harvey.
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Springfield, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [1996]

Physical Description:
104 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Gives a brief description of the conflict in Bosnia, including several personal stories of tragedy told by the young people who lived through them.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.0 3.0 16097.
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DR1313.8 .F57 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Authors Harvey and Byrna Fireside provide a telling account of the situation in Bosnia using information from actual interviews with Bosnian students who have come to the United States. Readers will be educated about Bosnia, and shown that young Bosnians share the same appearance and cultural values as many Americans, despite their wounds of war and private nightmares. Includes chapter notes, an index, and questions for discussion.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-9. Beyond Zlata's Diary (1994), there aren't many first-person narratives by young people that children can read about the war in the former Yugoslavia, and that is the main reason for buying this entry in the Issues in Focus series, which concentrates on the Bosnian Student Project, an upstate New York group committed to bringing students whose education was disrupted by war to the U.S. to continue their schooling. Unfortunately, their war experiences are occasionally overshadowed by accolades the authors shower on project members and their hospitality to their charges. A brief introduction to the roots of the war may leave some readers confused, though the authors make a brave attempt to explain this immensely complicated conflict. A map helps clarify the situation but is poorly placed in the middle of the book, making it difficult to refer to. The index also seems ill conceived, listing needless entries, such as the names of all the project members mentioned. Regrettably, these negative elements mar the drama and hardship of the students' stories, which are at times compelling. --Laura Tillotson

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up‘Since 1993, the authors have been associated with the Bosnian Student Project, which brings young people to study in the U.S. Their introduction gives an overview of the project. They then give a historical perspective of the Balkan region and briefly explain the recent conflicts among the Serbs, Croats, and Muslims. There is a four-point boxed recap of this section, and a map showing the former Yugoslavia and its divisions. All are very helpful for readers with little knowledge of the area, its history, and its turbulence. What follows are chapters about young people from Bosnia based on the Firesides' interviews with them. The moving accounts are warm and engaging. The students' viewpoints differ according to their personal experiences. They seem confused and saddened by the sudden, traumatic changes the conflict has caused in their lives, rather than angry or bitter. Hope for a peaceful resolution and for healing pervade the book. However, the cover photo of a building tower with a gaping hole in its side is identified only by photographer. There is no explanation of what or where it is/was. Black-and-white captioned photos appear throughout the book, personalizing the stories. The Firesides have successfully conveyed a sense of tragedy and of hope for the future.‘Marilyn Fairbanks, East Junior High, Brockton, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.