A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Large Print / Paperback, Large Print)

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Imagine what you were doing as a 12-year-old. Reading books, playing sports, Game Boy, Nintendo, calling friends, emailing, and scores of other things. Beah's life might have been similar to ours at one point, but quickly changed as a young boy when he became a soldier for his country. Read this truly amazing, emotional story of a young soldier's life.

— Susan, Pittsburgh

Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List

“Ishmael Beah is 12 years old when all hell breaks loose in Sierra Leone in the 1990s. Families are separated, most are brutally killed, and the boys are recruited as soldiers, including, ultimately, Ishmael. Readers will come to understand how truly damaged these children are, but Beah's ability to write so eloquently is a testament to his humanity and resilience.”
— Dianne Patrick, Snowbound Books, Marquette, MI


This absorbing account by a young man who, as a boy of 12, gets swept up in Sierra Leone's civil war, goes beyond even the best journalistic efforts in revealing the life and mind of a child abducted into the horrors of warfare.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781594132674
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Large Print Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2008
Pages: 397