This book just released on June 13th this year and I thought it’d be a great book to feature for two reasons: 1. It’s a YA Historical Realistic Fiction, which I’m pretty sure I’ve not read before, and 2. Our amazing bookshop has set us up with Keely Hutton for a Skype discussion with our members next month. I will be listening to this intense read within the next two weeks in preparation for our chat! Review/Discussion highlights coming in the near future!
Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme created by Megan@bookslayerReads. This meme is about a Standalone book (that is not part of a series) that you loved and would recommend. Be sure to check out her awesome bookish blog!
Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton
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.
Have you read many books in the YA Historical/Realistic Fiction genre? If so, what books? Have you had this on your TBR list?