Book Reviews: Adolescent Literature

The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland

During the civil war in Sierra Leone, Kamara’s rural village is attacked by armed rebels. While this brutal attack is taking place, her hands are cut off by child soldiers leaving her almost helpless as she makes her way to find medical help.

With the assistance of McClelland, an award-winning journalist, Kamara traces her journey of recovery from the unspeakable horrors of her youth to the spokeswoman and role model she is today. Without self-pity, she manages to tell the truth from the place of a survivor, not a victim. We all have much to learn from this remarkable young woman.

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