A long way gone: memoirs of a boy soldier
This is how wars are fought now by children, hopped up on drugs, and wielding AK-47s. In the more than fifty violent conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers.
Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But it is rare to find a first-person account from someone who endured this hell and survived.
In A Long Way Gone Beah, now twenty-six years old, tells a riveting story in his own words: how, at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.
ATHS Read List
Beah, Ishmael, -- 1980-
Biography & Autobiography
Child soldiers -- Sierra Leone -- Biography
Sierra Leone -- History -- Civil War, 1991-2002 -- Participation, Juvenile
Sierra Leone -- History -- Civil War, 1991-2002 -- Personal narratives
Sierra Leone -- Social conditions -- 1961-
Level 6.1, 13 Points
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|Grouping Title||long way gone memoirs of a boy soldier|
|Grouping Author||ishmael beah|
|Grouping Language||English (eng)|
|Last Grouping Update||2023-09-25 03:51:39AM|
|Last Indexed||2023-09-25 04:13:45AM|