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Little Soldier (1999)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 043928502X, Paperback)
A powerful and important novel about an African child solider who faces a different kind of war when he is taken to London and falls in with a street gang.
For Kaninda, being in London is like being held captive - he's got to do everything he can to escape back to his home country of Lasai in Africa. Lasai is where Kaninda's every thought lies, with the revenge that must be taken against the warriors who entered his home one day and gunned down his family. They thought Kaninda was dead, too. But he is very much alive, staying silent, like a good soldier. As he plans his escape from London, he must fight on another front - a gang war that is drawing him in. Kaninda was trained to be a soldier. But can he live away from war?
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When Kaninda survives a brutal attack on his village in East Africa he joins the rebel army, where he's trained to carry weapons, and use them. But aid workers take him to London where he ends up in school. All Kaninda wants is to get back to his own war and take revenge on his enemies. But together with Laura, the daughter of his new family, he is drawn into a dangerous local conflict that is spiralling out of control. Suggested level: secondary.
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