Soldier Boy

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Jun 13, 2017 - Young Adult Fiction - 288 pages

An unforgettable novel based on the life of Ricky Richard Anywar, who at age fourteen was forced to fight as a soldier in the guerrilla army of notorious Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony

Soldier Boy begins with the story of Ricky Richard Anywar, abducted in 1989 to fight with Joseph Kony's rebel army in the Ugandan civil war (one of Africa's longest running conflicts). Ricky is trained, armed, and forced to fight government soldiers alongside his brutal kidnappers, but never stops dreaming of escape.

The story continues twenty years later, with a fictionalized character named Samuel, a boy deathly afraid of trusting anyone ever again. Samuel is representative of the thousands of child soldiers Ricky eventually helped rehabilitate as founder of the internationally acclaimed charity Friends of Orphans.

Working closely with Ricky himself, debut author Keely Hutton has written an eye-opening book about a boy’s unbreakable spirit and indomitable courage in the face of unimaginable horror.

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Soldier Boy

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In this brutal debut novel inspired by real-life events, Hutton addresses the horrors of the Ugandan civil war through two child soldiers. The narrative primarily follows Ricky Richard Anywar ... Read full review

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this book is a very good book and i totally recommend people to read it. i'm not done with it yet but its very good so far.

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
21
Section 4
28
Section 5
38
Section 6
40
Section 7
53
Section 8
62
Section 26
176
Section 27
181
Section 28
192
Section 29
199
Section 30
203
Section 31
208
Section 32
214
Section 33
219

Section 9
66
Section 10
77
Section 11
86
Section 12
90
Section 13
96
Section 14
106
Section 15
109
Section 16
116
Section 17
126
Section 18
130
Section 19
138
Section 20
143
Section 21
145
Section 22
152
Section 23
161
Section 24
164
Section 25
170
Section 34
230
Section 35
235
Section 36
239
Section 37
243
Section 38
252
Section 39
256
Section 40
264
Section 41
271
Section 42
274
Section 43
278
Section 44
286
Section 45
288
Section 46
299
Section 47
311
Section 48
314
Section 49
317
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About the author (2017)

Keely Hutton is an educational journalist and former teacher. She is the recipient of the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop scholarship at Chautauqua. Since 2012, she has been working closely with Ricky Richard Anywar to tell his story. Soldier Boy is her first novel.

Ricky Richard Anywar is the founder of the internationally acclaimed charity Friends of Orphans, and a former child soldier in Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Since escaping the LRA, Anywar has dedicated his life to rehabilitating other survivors and advocating for peace in their communities.

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