A Long Way Gone

By: Ishmael Beah


A Long Way Gone is the true story of Ishmael Beah,who is an unwilling boy soldier during a civil war in Sierra Leone. When he is twelve years old, his village is attacked while he is away performing in a rap group with friends. Among the confusion, violence, and uncertainty of the war, Ishmael, his brother, and his friends wander from village to village in search of food and shelter. The boys find themselves committing acts they would never have believed themselves capable of, such as stealing food from children.


Ishmael- a child soldier for the Sierra Leone Armed Services during the civil war

Uncle Tommy-a carpenter in Freetown who struggles to raise his children and the children of relatives who can't care for them

Laura Simms- a storyteller in New York City. She and Ishmael bond when he visits the United Nations to share his story of being a boy soldier.

Junior- Ishmael older brother and is also in the rap group

Mohamed- Ishmael bestfriend but not in the rap group


I give the book a 5 out of 5 stars because it was in order and it was very understandable while reading it.

Quick bio about the author

shmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1980. When he was 13, he was forced to become a child soldier during the civil war between the Sierra Leonean government and the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). For the next four years, Beah witnessed numerous atrocities and was forced to kill and torture people in the name of war.He was rescued from the government army by The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and given a chance at a new life with his uncle. Beah was later chosen as one of two children to represent Sierra Leone at the United Nations First International Children's Parliament. His heartfelt account of the violence he faced and his testimony of the existence of thousands of children like him moved the UN

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