As a child in a small rural village in Sierra Leone, Mariatu Kamara lived peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Rumors of rebel attacks were no more than a distant worry.
From 12 to 14 years Audience: Active A must read for teens. The book sheds light on a plight of which many people are still unaware.
Starred Selection [starred review] Relaying her experiences as a child in Sierra Leone during the s, Kamara chillingly evokes the devastating effects of war. Mariatu is 11 when her tiny village is decimated by rebel soldiers, many of them children like her.
Forced to watch as peaceful villagers are tortured and murdered, Mariatu is finally allowed to go free but only after boy soldiers cut off her hands: We want you to go to the president, they tell her, and show him what we did to you.
You won't be able to vote for him now. Mariatu's long walk to get medical aid marks the first stage of a harrowing journey to build a new life for herself and other wartime victims; she now lives in Canada and is a UNICEF representative.
Written with journalist McClelland, her story is deeply personal yet devoid of self-pity. As it aims to correct misperceptions about Sierra Leone and to raise awareness of the needs of child victims of war, this book will unsettle readers and then inspire them with the evidence of Mariatu's courage.
Bite of the Mango is a good book. I appreciated what appeared to be a very honest story of what happened to this victim of the civil war in Sierra Leone. I felt Author: Mariatu Kamara, Susan McClelland. The bite of the mango by Mariatu Kamara, , Annick Press edition, in English. [Mariatu's] narrative is honest, raw, and pfmlures.com book sheds light on a plight of which many people are still unaware. Despite the intense subject matter, the book is not overly graphic or gratuitous.
Children's Books] A compelling, unmissable book. This haunting memoir adds an essential voice to the growing body of literature about Sierra Leone's civil war. Kamara's peaceful childhood ended in shocking violence when rebels arrived in her small rural village. During the devastating attack, child soldiers cut off year-old Kamara's hands, but she managed to escape and carry herself to the relative safety of a town hospital.
Kamara describes her first years after the attack, spent begging in the streets of Freetown and sleeping in refugee camps, and then her slow route to Toronto, where she currently attends college. Kamaras account, shaped by journalist McClelland, is made even more powerful by the plain, direct language that presents the horrifying facts without sensationalizing.
Even more astonishing than the inconceivable crimes that Kamara endures is the strength, forgiveness, and hope that she discovers as she Despite the intense subject matter, the book is not overly graphic or gratuitous.
It's recommended for older teens, but adults won't be able to put the book down either. Though the subject matter is intense in spots, the book is not overly graphic in gratuitous details and it's a story that older teens and adults won't be able to put down. When she was 11 years old in Sierra Leone, armed rebels brutally cut off her hands.
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At age 12, Mariatu was caught in a rebel attack. She escaped—but first, the rebels cut off her hands. Wounded and separated from her family, Mariatu .
Mariatu • Mariatu was a normal 12 yr old kid, until the day her town was attacked by rebels. They terrorized those who didn't get away in time, which resulted in her losing her hands.
She also had to watch other people dying. She reached a hospital later on in her journey and found out she was pregnant. She was She had her baby, but he got sick. The Bite of the Mango: Twelve-year-old Mariatu Kamara often prayed for new clothes, for a good harvest, or for a nice man to marry when she got older.
Then, one day in , the Sierra Leone native prayed for something quite different: “Please let me die quickly. The Bite of the Mango TAMIO 2 () On Pages fifty nine through ninety eight in the book The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland, in this chapter Mariatu talks about how she was like a weaver that had dropped from the sky and broke .