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Child Soldiers & Children in War

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Book Recommendations


  • Adult
    • War Child by Emmanuel Jal  – memoir
    • The Journey of the Lost Boys: A Story of Courage, Faith and the Sheer Determination to Survive by a Group of Young Boys Called “The Lost Boys of Sudan” by Joan Hecht
    • God Grew Tired Of Us: A Memoir by John Bul Dau
    • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
    • They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan by Judy A. Bernstein
    • Children at War by P. W. Singer
    • Child Soldiers by Leora Kahn and Luis Moreno-Ocampo
    • Child Soldiers: From Violence to Protection by Michael Wessells
    • First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army by Peter Eichstaedt
    • One Day the Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War by Charles London
    • Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda’s Children by Faith McDonnell and Grace Akallo
    • Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War by Jimmie Briggs
    • Child Soldiers in Africa (The Ethnography of Political Violence) by Alcinda Honwana
    • Child, Victim, Soldier: The Loss of Innocence in Uganda by Donald H. Dunson
    • Child Soldier by China Keitetsi
    • Child Soldiers: The Role of Children in Armed Conflict by Ilene Cohn and Guy S. Goodwin-Gill
    • Child Soldiers: Youth Who Participate in Armed Conflict by Laura A. Barnitz
    • Child Soldiers by Leora Kahn
    • Child Soldier: Fighting For My Life by China Keitetsi
    • One Day the Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War by Charles London
    • Young Soldiers: Why They Choose to Fight by Rachel Brett
    • Children in War by Alan Raymond
  • Young Adult

    • The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara
  • Middle Grade
  • Picture Books


  • Adult
    • What is the What by Dave Eggers
    • Song for Night by Chris Abani
    • Beasts of No Nation: A Novel by Uzodinma Iweala
  • Young Adult
    • AK by Peter Dickinson
  • Middle Grade
  • Picture Books

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