Abe in Arms: One of 2010’s Best Books for Youth on Social Justice and Intercultural Understanding

Abe in Arms

By Lyn Miller-Lachmann
December 12, 2010

The first young adult novel by this progressive small press portrays high school senior Abe Elders, rescued at age 13 from a Liberian refugee camp after two years as a child soldier. Despite having undergone counseling, Abe’s flashbacks grow increasingly vivid and violent as he struggles to understand the unspeakable acts he committed under duress and under the influence of drugs while serving his brutal commander. Read my longer review of Abe in Arms as well as my suggestion of this and Bamboo People for reading along with the popular Hunger Games trilogy.

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