The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival
Amra was a teen in Bihac, Bosnia, when her friend said they couldn’t speak anymore because Amra was Muslim. Then refugees from other cities started arriving, fleeing Serbian persecution. When Serbian tanks rolled into Bihac, the life she knew disappeared—right as a stray cat followed her home. Her family didn’t have the money to keep a pet, but after the cat seemed to save her brother, how could they turn it away? Saving a life one time could be a coincidence, but then it happened again—and Amra and her family wondered just what this cat was.
This is the story of a teen who, even in the brutality of war, never wavered in her determination to obtain education, maintain friendships, and even find a first love—and the cat that provided comfort, and maybe even served as a guardian spirit, in the darkest of times.
JLG Release: Oct 2020
Awards & Honors
2021 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist
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Potentially Sensitive Areas
Violence: Mild Violence , Violence: Genocide , Discrimination: Religious , Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment
Yugoslav War (1991–1995), Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethnic relations, Family life, Cats, Siege of Bihac, 1992–1995, History of Yugoslavia, 1992–2003, Islam, Bosnian genocide,