Eleven-year-old Zana loves life in her small village in Kosovo. She also loves her best friend, Lena, even though her uncle doesn't want the two of them playing together, since Lena is a Serb and Zana and her family are Albanians. Soon, soldiers are pulling Albanians off of buses and looting and bombing Albanian homes. Amidst a rising tide of violence, Zana must find a way to break the cycle of hate. Closely based on Alice Mead's own experiences, Girl of Kosovo is a stark look at the evil people can do-and at the enduring power of love. Narrator Julie Dretzin voices all the determination of a girl who listeners will never forget.
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by Alice Mead
by Colby Rodowsky
by Barbara O'Connor
by Jerry Spinelli
by Eve Bunting
by Christopher Golden
by Joan Lowery Nixon
by Julie Anne Peters
by Sally Warner
"Without exaggeration, Alice Mead has written a touching story of life and death, love and hate, kindness and cruelty. Julie Dretzin offers a remarkable portrayal of young Zana, an 11-year-old Albanian girl living a simple life in Kosovo. Dretzin's delivery is youthful without being childlike and successfully brings to life Zana's personal drama when the Serbians attack, wounding her and killing her father and two brothers. Yet her best friend is a Serb, and when a Serbian doctor saves her life, she remembers the words of her father, "Don't let them fill your heart with hate." This is a compelling story of recent events for ages 10 and up. F.L.F. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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