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).