A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah
Open Books--Open Minds 2008 Common Book
In A LONG WAY GONE, Beah, now in his mid 30's, tells a riveting story of 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. Eventually released by the army and sent to a UNICEF rehabilitation center, he struggled to regain his humanity and to reenter the world of civilians, who viewed him with fear and suspicion. This is, at last, a story of redemption and hope.
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