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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Unforgettable story of young boy forced to become a killer.

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Harrowing, painfully honest, and haunting, this unforgettable memoir of a young boy whose teen years became a killing field is ultimately a story of hope and redemption. In A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah uses his own story to speak for the thousands of child soldiers whose stories will never be told. While originally published for adults, it's popular with teen readers and sometimes assigned in school.

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