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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah

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The devastating story of war through the eyes of a child soldier. Beah tells 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 became a soldier. My new friends have begun to suspect I haven’t told them the full story of my life. “Why did you leave Sierra Le The devastating story of war through the eyes of a child soldier. Beah tells 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 became a soldier. 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.

Ishmael Beah

About A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Description

Ishmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1980. He moved to the United States in 1998 and finished his last two years of high school at the United Nations International School in New York. In 2004 he graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in political science. He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division Advisory Committee and has spoken before the United Nations, the Cou

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Original Title A Long Way Gone. Memoirs of a Boy Soldier ISBN 0374105235 (ISBN13: 9780374105235 ) Edition Language English URL http://us.macmillan.com/alongwaygone/IshmaelBeah Characters Ishmael Beah, Musa, Esther, "Junior" Beah, Talloi...more , Kanei, Alhaji, Jumah, Moriba, Saidu, Khalilou...less setting Sierra Leone New York City, New York (United States) Literary Awards Christopher Award (2008), ALA Alex Award (2008), Lincoln Award Nominee (2010), NAIBA Book of the Year for Nonfiction (2007), Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award Nominee (2008) (70)