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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
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Read in January, 2007

Ishmael Beah When Ishmael’s village was destroyed by rebels, it might have been fortunate for him that he was away. But trying to find his family, or at least news of them, takes him through war-torn Sierra Leone, on foot, with only a few meager possessions. He and some friends avoid starvation and “recruitment” by rebels, only to become soldiers for the government army. Ishmael was a very good soldier, surviving on hate, drugs, and savvy, until his commander selected him to become rehabilitated and repatriated back to civilian life. Because no 12-year-old should need to experience war from the either end of an AK-47.
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