Nadja's Book My Childhood Under Fire

"Bombs are exploding all over the city. I hide my feelings from everyone, but I am drowning in despair. When will this war end? For how long will my life consist of the dead space between two explosions?"


My Childhood Under Fire is the diary of Nadja, starting at age 12 in 1992 and continuing through 1995. It is a monument to the thousands killed during the siege of Sarajevo in the Bosnian War and to the millions of children who still live and die daily under fire. 

"Her terse vignettes replay the horror of her comfortable home torn apart. The haunting question, "why did the world allow it to happen?" drives her powerful plea for peace?

-  Booklist

"Immediate and resonant...underscores war's devastating impact - especially on the lives of children."

- Publisher's Weekly

  • Junior Library Guild Selection

  • The New York Public Library Books for the Teenage List

  • Norma Fleck Award for Children's Non-Fiction, Shortlist

  • Society of School Librarians International Best Book Award Winner

Find it on Amazon. Nadja's book has also been published in Bosnian, Indonesian and French.