Grace Akallo and the pursuit of justice for child soldiers (Out In Front) (#0565JR7)

by Sawyer, Kem Knapp

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Hardcover (library binding) Morgan Reynolds Publishing, 2015
Price: USD 27.45
Description: 64 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 25 cm.
Dewey: 362.88; Int Lvl: YA


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Out In Front--All over the world, children are victimized and exploited by corrupt authorities; however, a brave few stand up and fight back, seeking to make the world a better and safer place for all humanity. This series aims to tell their stories.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 54-61) and index.;Stolen in the night -- Children in armed conflict -- The den of death -- "Get up and go" -- Advocate for justice and peace. Looks at Grace Akallo's kidnapping by the Lord's Resistance Army, and child soldiers in general.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Publishing
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2015
  • Format: Hardcover (library binding)
  • Series: Out in front
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Dewey: 362.88
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 64 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 25 cm.
  • ISBN-10: 1-59935-456-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-59935-456-9
  • LCCN: 2014-041750
  • Follett Number: 0565JR7
  • Interest Level: YA

Reviews & Awards
  • Horn Book Guide, 10/01/16
  • School Library Journal, 06/01/15

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (June 1, 2015 (Online))
Grades 8-11. As a 15-year-old living in Uganda in 1996, Grace Akallo was one of many girls abducted from her Catholic boarding school by a militia that was intent on overthrowing the government. Over the next seven months, she was beaten, sexually abused, given as a “wife” to an officer, and forced to fight and kill. After a difficult escape, Akallo made her way back home and resumed her education while trying to help other former child soldiers at a rehabilitation center. She attended college and graduate school in the United States, where her foundation now works on behalf of African women and children. Sawyer, who evidently interviewed Akallo as well as researching other sources, tells her story clearly, while broadening the discussion at times to include other child soldiers in a worldwide, historical context. Good color photos illustrate the text. While the subject matter may be troubling to some readers, Sawyer’s matter-of-fact approach makes this book a worthwhile addition to the Out in Front series, which began with David Aretha’s Malala Yousafzai and the Girls of Pakistan (2014).

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