Devastating. Horrifying. Tragic. These words can’t adequately convey Mariatu’s experiences, and yet in her simple style, her story is told with heartbreaking honesty. Living in the richest country in the world, it’s hard for us to imagine what it’s like for a child of 12 to have experienced such brutalities, and yet it happens all the time. This book is an eye-opening look at one girl’s experiences in a war-torn country. Read it if you dare.
Highly recommended for grades 10-12, college, adult.