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The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl

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By (author) Anne Frank, Translated by B M Mooyaart, Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt

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  • Publisher: Bantam Books
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 107mm x 175mm x 28mm | 150g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0553296981
  • ISBN 13: 9780553296983
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 252

Product description

For almost fifty years, Anne Frank's diary has moved millions with its testament to the human spirit's indestructibility, but readers have never seen the full text of this beloved book--until now. This new translation, performed by Winona Ryder, restores nearly one third of Anne's entries excised by her father in previous editions, revealing her burgeoning sexuality, her stormy relationship with her mother, and more.

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Anne Frank was born in 1929 in Germany. Her family moved to Amsterdam in 1933, and she died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Francine Prose is the author of the novels "A Changed Man "and "Blue Angel, " which was a finalist for the National Book Award, the guide "Reading Like a Writer, "and "Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife."

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By Shauna Stott 07 Jun 2013 5

I think the aspect of Anne being a young girl and her maturing is clouded by the drama of the war and the fear they live in. But if you really pay attention there is an amazing piece of work here that is very heartwarming and insightful that does not only touch on the horrors of war and the affect that it has on a small group of people but it shows a young girl going through the hormonal changes and having to grow up fast. I think it is a good book to give to maturing girls to let them see they are normal and life is hard and at the same time introduce them to Anne's courage faced in a time that is much harder then most of us will ever experience. But most of all it shows a young girl in dire circumstances still able to remain positive. I think most of us could really take a page from Anne's diary.

By TeensReadToo 19 Sep 2010 5

This is the diary of the most courageous fourteen-year-old girl to ever live.

Anne Frank lived during the time of World War II, when you could be killed or put in a concentration camp for being Jewish -- or for not being blue-eyed and blonde. Hitler was ignorant in thinking that those with blue eyes and blonde hair were of the superior race, and anyone else should be killed.

Anne and her family went into hiding in 1942 and managed to hide for over two years.

Was Hitler finally overruled or was the family found by the Gestapo (the police that worked for Hitler)? Read this novel about a normal teenager in hiding to find out.

This is a really good book to read if you want to learn more about World War II, or simply about being courageous and living a life in hiding. Also, not only is this novel about the war but also about how Anne grows up and discovers life and writing.

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"The new edition reveals a new depth to Anne's dreams, irritations, hardship, and passions...There may be no better way to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread The Diary of a Young Girl", " a testament to an indestructivle nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil."--"Chicago Tribune"

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Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic -- a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with 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, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annex" 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 amusing, 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.