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Nov 17, 2022

You Don't Know What War Is
now published in the UK, US, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden and Finland

Yeva Skalietska’a

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Praise for You Don't Know What War Is:

“Yeva speaks a truth that all of us, young and old, must listen to”

Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse

Yeva's diary allows the reader to experience war through the eyes of a child and her story will endure long after this terrible war ends”

Lord Alf Dubs, refugee rights campaigner

“I'll never forget the first time Yeva read extracts from her diary to me in a refugee shelter at the start of the full-scale war. With this book, we all get that privilege.”

Paraic O'Brien, Channel 4 News reporter

“Powerful and poetic, this beautiful book shows the very worst and the very best of humanity. Essential reading”

Katya Balen, Carnegie Medal-winning author

“This is one of those extraordinary books that will haunt readers for a very long time”

Irish Times

“[A] heartbreaking revelation of war through a child's eyes”


“It resonates beyond the particular to convey what it means to lose everything suddenly, the horror of bombardment and the need to make those who run from danger safe”

The Sunday Times

“This is an important book - a recording of history written by Yeva, a young person, whose words and feelings reflect so many who rarely get an opportunity to be heard. A herstory of Ukraine for posterity”

Olia Hercules, Ukrainian chef and food writer

“Records the immediate sounds and sensations of explosions, sirens, and panic. . . . A firsthand account that shows courage.”

Kirkus Reviews

Skalietska’s writing is quick-paced and to-the-point, frankly describing her experiences during a horrific time of shelling, seeking shelter, and frantic arrangements to keep moving to somewhere safe. . . Skalietska’s book is empathetic and sympathetic reading for adults and has strong crossover appeal for YA readers.”

Library Journal

“Shows how quickly life can change. An authentic look at seeking safety in war and the upheaval of suddenly losing everything. A quick, powerful read.”

Teen Librarian Toolbox

“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

“This book has touched my heart in a way that I am finding hard to put into words. Everyone, absolutely everyone, should read it. You will love Yeva”

Christy Lefteri, No.1 international bestselling author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo

“I wish Yeva Skalietska hadn't felt the need to write this book but I'm glad that she did write it - because it is exhilarating, shattering, heartbreaking, brilliant. It's an extraordinary book” 

Roddy Doyle, Booker Prize-winning author

Listen to Yeva on Today with Claire Byrne, RTE Radio 1

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