Written by Bernard Ashley
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One of the best books ever about the realities of young boys forced into fighting in rebel armies and the effect it can have. Back home, Kaninda has been trained to carry a gun and use it. When he is taken from Africa by aid workers and brought to a different life in London he finds there are tribes and loyalties of a new kind. Unwillingly Kaninda gets drawn into local conflicts while he longs to return home and take revenge. A moving and thoughtful exploration of the scarring effect of violent conflict.
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Little Soldier by Bernard Ashley
Kaninda is an ex-child soldier from East Africa, orphaned and living in London. When a child from a nearby estate is hit by a car he is drawn into an inter-estate conflict. The story combines current conflicts in London with real war in Africa.
This is Ashley at his hard-hitting best..A serious and provocative reflection on kids and war, this novel should spark debate The Daily Telegraph
[Ashley's] gritty urban realism marks a fresh approach to children's writing Financial Times
Another thoughtful and topical tale Daily Mail
Compelling and unforgettable Time Out
It's wonderful to have another full-length, meaty novel from this gritty writer The Bookseller
A considerable achievement Books For Keeps
Original and touching Scotland on Sunday
Ashley is sympathetic without ever sentimentalising the survival tactics of his little soldier The Guardian
Finding himself on a housing estate in south London, he witnesses a different tribal warfare, one gang against another. This is a tautly written book, complex and hard-hitting, but immensely rewarding, which examines questions of loyalty, revenge, guilt, war, rights and ultimately freedom. (12+ years) (Kirkus UK)
About the Author
More books by Bernard Ashley
The Watts Publishing Group
30th September 1999
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