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A long way gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

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My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life. "Why did you leave Sierra Leone?" "Because there is a war." "You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?" "Yes, all the time." "Cool." I smile a little. "You should tell us about it sometime." "Yes, sometime." This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.

What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? 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 until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived.

In A Long Way Gone , Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: 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.

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ISBN:
9780374105235
9781427222404
9781415938058
9780374706524
9780374531263
9780786296408
Reading Level:
UG
Level 6.1, 13 Points
Lexile measure:
920L
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Full title long way gone memoirs of a boy soldier
Author beah ishmael
Grouping Category book
Last Update 2018-05-25 16:37:58PM
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My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life.


"Why did you leave Sierra Leone?"


"Because there is a war."


"You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?"


"Yes, all the time."


"Cool."


I smile a little.


"You should tell us about it sometime."


"Yes, sometime."




This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.



What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? 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 until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived.



In A Long Way Gone, Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: 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.



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subject_facet Beah, Ishmael, -- 1980-, Child soldiers -- Sierra Leone -- Biography, Large type books, Sierra Leone -- History -- Civil War, 1991- -- Participation, Juvenile, Sierra Leone -- History -- Civil War, 1991- -- Participation, Juvenile -- Biography, Sierra Leone -- History -- Civil War, 1991- -- Personal narratives, Sierra Leone -- Social conditions -- 1961-
title_display A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier
title_full A Long Way Gone Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier / Ishmael Beah, A long way gone [text (large print)] : memoirs of a boy soldier / Ishmael Beah
title_short A long way gone :
title_sub Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
topic_facet African American Nonfiction, Beah, Ishmael, Biography & Autobiography, Child soldiers, History, Large type books, Nonfiction, Participation, Juvenile, Social conditions