This short but enormously powerful debut novel is told in the voice of Agu, a young boy in an unnamed West African nation, who is recruited into a unit of guerrilla fighters as civil war engulfs his country. In a strikingly original voice that vividly captures Agu's youth and confusion, Uzodinma Iweala has produced a harrowing, inventive, and deeply affecting novel. For students, here is a chance to explore current issues with a deeply human voice as their guide.
"Devastating. . . . A raw and brutal story about the horrifying effects of cruelty and the incredible power of hope."-Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Freshman Common Read: Kalamazoo College--Entertainment Weekly (A)Binding Type:
7.16h x 4.90w x 0.55dReview Citations: New York Times
08/27/2006 pg. 24