Today’s Featured Book of Color, Pick of the day is Iraqi Girl (Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq). Iraqui Girl is a collection of blog entries from a real teenage girl living in Iraq during the war. Her blog began in 2003 and it documents her life experiences as a teenager growing up in a war torn country. The book gives an inside look on the fear, chaos, and hope that comes with living in Iraq.
Hadiya (a pseudonym for the girl to protect her safety) writes from the city of Mosul, a city under U.S. occupation. She discusses everything from her favorite foods, to what her bedroom looks like, and her fears. Even though she lives in a frightening place, she remains optimistic and talks about everyday teenage things. Hadiya may come from a different country, but she proves that she is a normal girl and has the same insecurities, likes, dislikes, and problems like everyone else. Hadiya is an inspiration to girls everywhere.