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Written for young people, this biography offers a detailed account of post-Bolshevik Russia. Interspersed with historical notes and actual excerpts from her diary is the story of a remarkable girl in love with the arts and dedicated to her homeland. As I read, I couldn't help but be reminded of The Diary of Anne Frank, as both girls' idealism in the midst of extraordinary circumstances formed the centerpieces of their stories. I think this would be a great supplemental read for students studying WWII or various ideologies and I will definitely be recommending it to my Social Studies teaching friends!" - P. Carroll, English teacher posting review on Goodreads​​​

"Nina Kosterina: A Young Communist in Stalinist Russia, by Jennifer Phillips, is loaded with history! But not the boring history we all remember from our childhood (or at least those of you at my age). Jennifer Phillips makes history come alive in this well-packed book. With the help of Nina Kosterina's diary, the author tells a very interesting story from the viewpoint of a young but strong-minded girl in Stalin's youth movement. A lot of research was put into this book and I learned a great deal about a time and place I had forgotten about from all my history courses. Absolutely intriguing! I highly recommend this book if you're into Russian history. And, even if you're not, you will be after reading Nina Kosterina: A Young Communist in Stalinist Russia." - Barbara J. Smith, children's author

 Teens & Older Readers

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"This book is based on the real story of the life of Nina Kosterina, a young woman, who was born and lived in Russia and passed away fighting against Germany. Her diary became public after her passing and there are fragments of that diary along this book. When I read the sentence “must go where my homeland calls me”, I immediately got goosebumps; I imagined Nina having that feeling and it was truly moving. Also, the photographs included in this book transported me to the experiences that Nina could live and suffered. I would recommend this book to adult women, because it is a historic and political read but it also is a story of strength and moral principles." - Bess, an Amazon reader

"A strong woman, with ideals and with a fight ahead of her, this was the life of Nina Kosterina. As a young woman in her 20s, Nina goes to Moscow for the frontline as a partisan soldier. There she dies, but her fight does not die. Years later, her family publishes the diary that Nina wrote for years. This incredible book written by Jennifer Phillips made me know the story of another empowered woman, unusual for the time. What makes me reflect on this book is that there were many stories like Nina's and they probably were never known, perhaps their fight died with them. I highly recommend this biographical book of Nina Kosterina. - Liz, an Amazon reader