Living to Tell

Two recent publications provide an intimate view of teens surviving war and just surviving adolescence. Last Sunday, the Washington Post ran the first of a three-part series excerpting a 14-year-old Baghdad girl’s diary, which details her family’s daily struggle to survive war.
In conjunction with the cover story “Being Thirteen,” Time magazine published a collection of 13 essays by and about 13-year-olds. Topics include anxieties over grades, peer pressure, sports, friendship, family, diversity, and hope.