Son of a Gun by Anne de Graaf

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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.

About Anne de Graaf

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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 books have been translated into 50 languages. She is also an international speaker at universities and secondary schools on topics of international relations, creative writing, journalism and professional writing. A graduate of Stanford University, Anne has lived in Ireland and the Netherlands for more than 25 years.
Published April 18, 2012 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 125 pages
Genres: Young Adult, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Despite the flip title, a harsh picture of civil war in Liberia as seen through the eyes of two children.

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