You Don't Know What War Is

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

Children's, New & Recommended, Children's Reference
Paperback Published on: 25/10/2022
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You Don't Know What War Is
You must read this book
I spent a long time trying to think what to say about Yeva’s book, but it’s very simple really, you must read this book. Her account of escaping the war in... READ MORE
Sarah at Wigan
You Don't Know What War Is
harrowing, important
This is the diary of a 12 year old Ukrainian girl that she kept through the start of the Russian/Ukrainian conflict. She lives with her grandmother in Khar... READ MORE
Rhea | Barnstaple

Synopsis

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

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You Don't Know What War Is
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 w... READ MORE
Mary Urquhart
You Don't Know What War Is
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... READ MORE
Grey Lady
You Don't Know What War Is
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 spe... READ MORE
Daria Purik
You Don't Know What War Is
A powerful, inspiring account of the invasion of Ukraine
“Everyone knows the word ‘war’. But very few people understand what it truly means. You might say that it’s horrible and frightening, but you don’t know th... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan
You Don't Know What War Is
Totally recommend
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 a... READ MORE
Julie Cooke
You Don't Know What War Is
Compulsive reading
Such and amazing true story taken from the diary of a 12 year old Ukrainian girl written during the early weeks following the Russian invasion. It is a sto... READ MORE
Steven Capel
You Don't Know What War Is
A powerful book
Yeva’s diary is nothing if not a tear jerker. It’s so moving, powerful and harrowing. This is a book which reminds us how insignificant our “first world ... READ MORE
Sarah -Bookworm Extraordinaire
You Don't Know What War Is
Truly humbling and powerful
This is such a powerful read. It is one thing to watch the news and read the daily newspapers to make you believe you can have some understanding of the ho... READ MORE
Mrs G Librarian
You Don't Know What War Is
A Must Read
Everyone has been moved by this year’s events in Ukraine. I personally have friends over there – one who I haven’t heard from for months now – and we have ... READ MORE
Karen Louise Hollis
You Don't Know What War Is
A Bird's Eye View of the War in Ukraine ;0(
This is a true story told in diary form by 12 year old Yeva from Ukraine. 10 days after her 12th birthday (Valentine's Day 2022), she was violently woken u... READ MORE
Catherine Baxendale
You Don't Know What War Is
A Tame Version of War
I was drawn to this book by the cover - the now iconic sunflowers, the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag and the terrifying details of tanks, flames an... READ MORE
Kayleigh  Panton
You Don't Know What War Is
A must read book
This was a book that everyone needs to read. It brings the reality of war much closer. The day by day account is written really well, the texts with her fr... READ MORE
Barbara
You Don't Know What War Is
A war seen through the eyes of a child
My thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury publishing for the opportunity to review this book. A moving first hand account of a child's experience of war and ... READ MORE
Susan Hayward-ault