Son of a Gun

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Eerdmans Young Readers, Apr 18, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 125 pages
I was crazy. Crazy mad. That's how I felt when I turned in my AK-47 rifle. The commanding officer's growl still haunts me: "This gun is your god. You listen to the voice of your god and go where your gun tells you."

This powerful and gripping story describes the journey of a brother and sister, eight-year-old Lucky and ten-year- old Nopi, who are kidnapped from school and forced to become child soldiers in Liberia's fourteen-year- long civil war.

Lucky and Nopi manage to escape, but must continue fleeing. Even after they are reunited with their parents, they both know the pieces of their lives will never fit together like they used to. When will the war really be over, and when will they get to have the childhood they still dream about?

This sensitive and compelling narrative is based on true stories of former child soldiers interviewed by the author. Son of a Gun also includes a section of notes and further information about Liberia.

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User Review  - ewyatt - LibraryThing

Tells the tale of two siblings during a tumultuous period with multiple civil wars in Liberia. Told in small blocks of narrative from both Lucky and Nopi's points of view. The siblings have awful ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

A vividly detailed, grim story about child soldier survivors of the Liberian civil war. Unfortunately titled, but powerful, poignant, and gripping. The author includes excellent back matter for historical context. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Anne de Graaf is an award-winning author with over 5 million books sold worldwide. She has written more than 80 children's books, and her work has been translated into over 50 languages. A graduate of Stanford University, Anne has lived in the Netherlands

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