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Abe in Arms

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Portraying the pressures of teens to live a normal life while facing mental illness, this suspenseful young adult novel follows the journey of success-bound Abe, who struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A senior in high school, with a loving and wealthy adoptive family, Abe is on track for a big scholarship and an open future. Suddenly, horrific flashbacks rip hi ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by PM Press
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Abe grew up in Liberia, a witness to the terrible strife and violence of the country's civil war in the 80s and 90s. Adopted as a teenager by a loving American family and now a senior in high school, Abe's life has definitely turned around as he has a promising future with track scholarships paving his way to a great college and a girlfriend who's crazy about him.

And then Abe starts getting flashes of life in Africa - terrible and terrifying glimpses of a past he'd done his best (both consciousl

Abe is a vivid, realistic and deeply human main character in this gripping, accurate portrayal of life for a high school age immigrant ex child soldier suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after struggling and suffering through Liberia's Civil War. Abe deals with his own condition including blackouts and fainting, as well as emotional imbalance with bouts of potentially fatal behavior, including suicidal tendencies as well as disassociation to the point of depersonalization of ot
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Jennifer Wardrip
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After surviving the wars in Liberia, Abe has been adopted by a doctor and his family in America. Though therapy helped him deal with the loss of his family and helped him accept his new life, there are deeper memories of his life in Africa threatening to surface. Memories that could destroy him and everything he's come to love.

Though he's a high school track star, Abe has to stop running and face his past in order to move forward with his new life.
Angie crosby
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the topic matter. How kids react and deal after war in countries like Africa is not a subject we see a lot of in books.

I found myself liking Abe a lot and rooting for him and his family.
Katrina Tan
Not a bad read, quick and easy to read.
Does not further much on the background of child soldiers, but a good book to start if you are new to the topic.
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