Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton

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Read Soldier Boy Online Free - It was just a nightmare.

All Ricky needed to do was wake up. Just open his eyes. And Kony’s red-eyed beasts with their long claws dripping blood and their fiery breath would have disappeared. His brother would be beside him. His parents and sisters would be safe and asleep in their beds.

Just like before.

Here is the true story of Ricky Richard Anywar, abducted in 1989 at age fourteen by Joseph Kony’s rebel army in the Ugandan civil war (one of Africa’s longest-running conflicts). Ricky is trained, armed, and sent to battle government troops alongside his brutal kidnappers, but over his two and a half years of enslavement, he never stops dreaming of escape.

Here also is the story, set twenty years later, of a fictional character named Samuel, a boy deathly afraid of trusting anyone ever again, and representative of the thousands of child soldiers Ricky has helped rehabilitate as founder of the internationally acclaimed charity Friends of Orphans.

Title : Soldier Boy
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ISBN : 0374305633
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Erika rated it ★★★★★

August 10, 2017

Everyone needs to read this.

YA and Wine rated it ★★★★★

July 31, 2017

This book is unlike anything I've ever read. It is eye-opening, heartbreaking, and absolutely moving. The writing is lovely, and I cannot recommend listening to the audio version of this book highly enough. I am so glad that I stepped outside of my usual reading box and was able to experience thi...

Kate rated it ★★★★★

June 09, 2017

Add this to high school required reading lists IMMEDIATELY. Eye opening and heartbreaking, Soldier Boy is not a book we want to exist, given that it's a semi-factual account of horrifying events (Ricky's account is true, while the other narrator Samuel is a compilation of the thousands of boy sol...

Kaitlyn rated it ★★★★★

June 08, 2017

*received an ARC of this in exchange for my honest review Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton, is two stories in one. The first one, is based on a true story by Ricky Richard Anywar, who was a child soldier in the Ugandan civil war. Abducted by Joseph Kony's army when he was only fourteen years old, Rick...

Jaylee rated it ★★★★★

September 06, 2017

It made me want to cry. It showed me a world so far away from me, but so heartbreaking and cruel. I think everyone should read this story. Everyone.

The Clever Reader rated it ★★★★★

August 01, 2017

This book is nothing like I've ever read before, especially in the world of YA. It is a powerful and heartbreaking book that tells a story of a boy who learns to forgive when forgiveness doesn't seem possible. I think that books like Soldier Boy are important for young readers, and adults alike,...

grieshaber_reads rated it ★★★★☆

December 06, 2017

Soldier Boy is a wow. One of those books that everyone, from ages 12 on up, should read. It is our obligation as human beings to be aware that the events that occur in this book really happened and continue to happen. It is our responsibility as human beings to do what we can to stop it. That tas...

Lisa rated it ★★★★★

November 12, 2017

This amazing book was not only well-written, but is a true story that is historical, heart-breaking and important to read. The book includes stories from two POV's. One is Ricky's, and this is the true story part. In 1989, Ricky and his brother were taken from their home by force and turned into...

Amy rated it ★★★★★

July 26, 2017

I don't know how to shelf this book. It is part true story, part fictional composite of true stories. Readers who like Ismael Beah's story will be as equally enthralled and horrified by this one. Ricky's example of hope and courage are inspiring. His desire to help children in other dire circumst...

Mr. Brad rated it ★★★★★

December 08, 2017

Incredible story of the loss of childhood innocence in the wake of war's savage cruelty. Crisp writing and a pair of heart wrenching stories, skillfully interwoven, make this a worthy addition to the growing pantheon of genocide books. Based on the story of Ricky Richard Anywar who was abducted a...

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