Section 6 Summary

Junior Year: Spring 1997

Ms. Gruwell tells Zlata that she is her class’s inspiration and they will be compiling their journal entries into a collaborative book, a diary. Just as writing was Zlata’s salvation during the war, Ms. G’s students will benefit from putting their thoughts on paper. It will help them “escape their horrific environments and personal demons.” For many students, Room 203 is the only place where they feel safe in the midst of the mayhem around them. Some stay as late as seven or eight o’clock, working on homework, because they are afraid to go home. At that time of night, Ms. G feels obligated to take them home, and she has been both scared for her students and guilty...

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