The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

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  • Age Range: 10+
  • Grade Level: 5-12
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman’s Library; Reprint edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307594009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307594006

EXCERPT from Diary of a Young Girl:
Let me put it more clearly, since no one will believe that a thirteen-year-old girl is completely alone in the world. And I’m not. I have loving parents and a sixteen-year-old sister, and there are about thirty people I can call friends. I have a throng of admirers who can’t keep their adoring eyes off me and who sometimes have to resort to using a broken pocket mirror to try and catch a glimpse of me in the classroom. I have a family, loving aunts and a good home. No, on the surface I seem to have everything, except my one true friend. All I think about when I’m with friends is having a good time. I can’t bring myself to talk about anything but ordinary everyday things. We don’t seem to be able to get any closer, and that’s the problem. Maybe it’s my fault that we don’t confide in each other. In any case, that’s just how things are, and unfortunately they’re not liable to change. This is why I’ve started the diary.

Rationale for Inclusion:
The Diary of a Young Girl is probably the most popular autobiography in our country for children. It is almost always included in public education curriculum reading material for middle and high schools. Although it was written over 75 years ago, the timeless voice of Anne Frank is still compelling to all ages of readers.

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