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  • Published: New York : Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2007.
  • Year Published: 2007
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 229 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 920

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0374105235 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • 9780374105235 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • 9780374105235


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A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier

by Beah, Ishmael, 1980-

There are currently 2 available and 1 request on 5 copies

Where To Find It

Call number: 966.404 Be

Available Copies: Pittsfield Adult, West Adult

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"Sarah Crichton Books."

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Worth your time

The world elsewhere is not like the world here. We would do well to remember that.

The author did a great job telling his story of how his life transformed from that of a normal boy in Sierra Leone to that of a 13 year old government soldier. Perhaps even more interesting was the process of learning to let go of the brainwashing (because it DOES take brainwashing to get a gentle 13 year old to fire a gun into another human being) and tell his story to the world.

Powerful, visual, and real, this is worth your time. (It would also be a good memoir read for high school students!)

Surviving war-torn Sierra Leon, a boy's perspective

Honest, telling story of lost innocence and how a lone boy survived including frank discussion of life and death decisions; reality of war, the importance of others believing in healing, and how many civilians in war-torn areas have the courage to help others, especially children.

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