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You Don't Know What War Is: The Diary of a Young Girl From Ukraine (Paperback)
  • You Don't Know What War Is: The Diary of a Young Girl From Ukraine (Paperback)

You Don't Know What War Is: The Diary of a Young Girl From Ukraine (Paperback)

Paperback 240 Pages
Published: 25/10/2022
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Waterstones Says

Chronicling 12 life-changing days for 12-year-old Yeva Skalietska, You Don't Know What War Is details the terrifying flight of Yeva and her grandmother from bomb-ravaged Kharkiv to safety in Dublin with unflinching candour and poignant reflection.

Shortlisted for The British Book Awards 2023 Children's Non-Fiction Book of the Year

The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Year 2022

Everyone knows the word 'war'. But very few understand what it truly means. When you find you have to face it, you feel totally lost, walled in by fright and despair. Until you've been there, you don't know what war is.

This is the gripping, urgent and moving diary of young Ukrainian refugee Yeva Skalietska. It follows twelve days in Ukraine that changed 12-year-old Yeva's life forever. She was woken in the early hours to the terrifying sounds of shelling. Russia had invaded Ukraine, and her beloved Kharkiv home was no longer the safe haven it should have been. It was while she and her granny were forced to seek shelter in a damp, cramped basement that Yeva decided to write down her story. And it is a story that the world needs to hear.

Yeva captured the nation's heart when she was featured on Channel 4 News with her granny as they fled Ukraine for Dublin. In You Don't Know What War Is, Yeva records what is happening hour-by-hour as she seeks safety and travels from Kharkiv to Dublin. Each eye-opening diary entry is supplemented by personal photographs, excerpts of messages between Yeva and her friends and daily headlines from around the world, while three beautifully detailed maps (by Kharkiv-native Olga Shtonda) help the reader track Yeva and her granny's journey through Europe. You Don't Know What War Is is a powerful insight into what conflict is like through the eyes of a child and an essential read for adults and older children alike.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526659934
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


'Yeva speaks a truth that all of us, young and old, must listen to.' - Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse

'The most important story of our times told from the inside by the best narrator: a wise twelve-year-old girl.' - Viv Groskop, comedian, writer and podcaster

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“Excellent account of life in Ukraine at present.”

What a well documented diary Yeva has managed to write in absolutely horrendous conditions brought about Putins war with Ukraine. Yeva explains exactly what she, her family and friends as well as everyone caught up... More

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“Read and understand”

I read this book courtesy of NetGalley. A short well written book about the first few days of the war in Ukraine. Yeva and her grandmother live in Kharkiv when Russia attacks. At 12 years old Yeva gives us a first... More

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“Moving, yet just another story”

It would feel wrong of me to give this book anything less than a 5/5, however the sad truth is that this story didn’t come across as heart-wrenching or special. When you are Ukrainian, and have your entire family in... More

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