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Along with millions of others in Sierra Leone, Ishmael Beah found his life torn from its mooring by the cataclysmic events of the 1991 civil war. He was 12 years old when he lost his family and became a wandering refugee, and by 15 he had joined the thousands of child soldiers waging war across the devastated nation. Though he grew up surrounded by atrocity, violence, and chaos, Beah somehow managed, with the help of a UNICEF-sponsored organization, to leave his soldier life behind, and eventually fled the country to America. Ishmael Beah's vivid, brilliant, and harrowing account is a gripping testament to the nature of life in a country where the foundation of civilization has crumbled and the concept of childhood has tragically disappeared.
A human rights activist offers a firsthand account of war from the perspective of a former child soldier, detailing the violent civil war that wracked his native Sierra Leone and the government forces that transformed a gentle young boy into a killer as a member of the army.
Number of Pages: 229
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Author: BEAH, ISHMAEL
Street Date: August 5, 2008
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-1982
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Very Good, but shocking book!
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Jessica C — 9 years ago
Normal twelve and thirteen year olds may spend their mornings at school. In the afternoon they might spend their time finishing homework, hanging out with friends or maybe even watching some cartoons. In the evenings you could find them helping out their parents with chores or dinner, then preparing...see moreof the reviewer's review