Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Staff Recommendation - A Long Way Gone

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah [966.404 Bea]

This is a timely, if harrowing, book that successfully describes the experiences of a young man who is just entering his puberty who also is ripped from his village and family by a paramilitary attack. After wandering for several months with other homeless children, he is eventually inducted into another paramilitary band and lives the next few years as a "boy soldier." He witnesses and participates in many wartime atrocities and narrowly survives after being wounded. This book describes a portion of the world the mainstream media largely ignores. It is recommended for people who like war stories and those who are concerned about the plight of children in strife-torn, developing countries. -- recommended by Jim W. - Gere Branch Library

[ official A Long Way Gone web site (also for the author) ]

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