• book Resource page for A Long Way Gone
     
    The questions and discussion topics that are linked below are designed
    to enhance your reading of Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone. They
    will enrich your experience as you explore his inspiring, infinitely valuable story.

    An estimated 300,000 child soldiers now fight in the more than fifty
    violent conflicts raging around the globe. Far removed from the world
     of pundits and journalists, policymakers and diplomats, a thirteen-year-old
     boy named Ishmael Beah became one of these young warriors in
     Sierra Leone. Now in his mid-twenties, he courageously tells of the
     horrific road that led him to wield an AK-47 and, fueled by trauma and
    drugs, commit terrible acts. A Long Way Gone brings a rare voice of
     frontline realism to a widely publicized (and widely misunderstood) human-rights crisis.

    In poignantly clear and dauntless storytelling, Ishmael describes how
    he fled brutal rebel soldiers, traveling miles from home on foot and
    gradually being reduced to a life of raw survival instincts. Yet, unlike
    so many of his peers, Ishmael lived to reclaim his true self, emerging
    from Sierra Leone as the gentle, hopeful young man he was at heart.
    His memoir is at once crucial testimony for understanding the tragedy
     of contemporary war zones, and a testament to the power of peacemakers.
     

    Click on link below and follow links to a video interview with the author.

Last Modified on October 26, 2011