Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Mead, Alice.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001.
IL 5-8, RL 7.7
ISBN 0374326207
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I hope none of you ever experience war close up. Unfortunately, too many young people are involved in terrible wars around the world every day.  For 11-year-old Zana Dugolli, the experience is the ethnic wars in Kosovo.  Zana's family is Albanian and Zana has seen her father and two of her brothers killed during an Serbian attack on her village.  She is injured in the attack and spends months in the hospital.  When she finally returns home after months alone in the hospital, everything has changed.  Her mother is having trouble coping with all her loses.  Her brother has joined a terrorist group.  And there is madness all around.  Can one young girl still find kindness and compassion within the cruelty all around?
SUBJECTS:     Kosovo (Serbia) -- History -- Civil War, 1998- -- Fiction.
                        Albanians -- Yugoslavia -- Kosovo (Serbia) -- History -- Fiction.
                        Kosovo (Serbia) -- Ethnic relations -- Fiction.
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Prejudices -- Fiction.
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