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A long way gone: [memoirs of a boy soldier]

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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.  
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9780374105235
9781415938034
9781415938058
9780786296408
9780374706524
9780374531263
9781427222404
Reading Level:
UG
Level 6.1, 13 Points
Lexile measure:
920L
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Grouping Title long way gone memoirs of a boy soldier
Grouping Author beah ishmael
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-11-16 23:10:10PM
Last Indexed 2018-11-17 00:20:29AM

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author Ishmael Beah
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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 Audiobooks, 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 -- History -- Civil War, 1991-2002 -- Participation, Juvenile -- Biography, Sierra Leone -- History -- Civil War, 1991-2002 -- 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 [sound recording] : [memoirs of a boy soldier] / by 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, Audiobooks, Beah, Ishmael, Biography & Autobiography, Child soldiers, History, Large type books, Nonfiction, Participation, Juvenile, Social conditions