Nina-Kosterina-A-Young-Communist in Stalinist Russia - Jennifer Phillips

Nina Kosterina

A Young Communist in Stalinist Russia

Available Now!  A second edition of this biography is now on sale. I’m excited to share the refreshed version with you, including a hardcover format and LOC cataloging details.

Nina Kosterina was born in a revolutionary camp as the Bolsheviks took over Russia in the 1920s. She beat the odds of survival during the harsh early years of Communism and emerged in the 1930s as a young Communist woman in love with her country, her family, her city, her friends, politics, art and life. Even when Joseph Stalin’s regime tore apart her family and imprisoned her father, she remained loyal to her country and joined an elite group of young women turned guerilla solders when the Germans invaded the Soviet Union in 1941.

​Nina perished in a Nazi ambush behind enemy lines. After the war, her family found her diary hidden in a wardrobe. Nina’s diary was released as a book and became an international best seller. Written from ages 15-20, the diary revealed a teenager transforming into an adult juxtaposed against one of the most dangerous and tumultuous periods in world history.


Teen & Older Readers

Nina Kosterina: A Young Communist in Stalinist Russia. Biography available in paperback, hardcover, ePub and Kindle formats. For teen and older readers. Suitable for use with world history and social studies assignments. Lexile text measure: 1070. 214 pages, includes historical images. December 2020.



“Nina’s story is a great statement of girl power while also making an important historical period accessible to teens. ​I think Nina’s story and the times she lived in would make a fantastic subject for a school history project.”


Jennifer Phillips, Children’s Author


  • Photo Collection (images provided by Nina’s family)
  • Reference Guide (discussion questions, suggested books and websites related to Stalinist Russia, World War II and journaling)
  • Slide Deck – PowerPoint (can be played in slide show view)
  • Vocabulary Cards – PowerPoint (with music in slide show view) and PDF
  • Nina Kosterina Picture Puzzle (takes you to the Jigsaw Planet website and you put together the puzzle pieces for a picture of Nina; you can make the puzzle harder or easier)
  • My Nina Kosterina board on Pinterest
  • ​My Nina Kosterina channel on Youtube
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