Soldier Boy

Soldier Boy 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

  • Title: Soldier Boy
  • Author: Keely Hutton
  • ISBN: 9780374305635
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 ageIt 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.

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    1. This book is unlike anything I've ever read. It is eye-opening, heartbreaking, and absolutely moving. The writing is lovely, and I cannot recommend listening to the audio version of this book highly enough. I am so glad that I stepped outside of my usual reading box and was able to experience this poignant story. This should absolutely be required reading.


    2. Add this to high school required reading lists IMMEDIATELY. Eye opening and heartbreaking, Soldier Boy is not a book we want to exist, given that it's a semi-factual account of horrifying events (Ricky's account is true, while the other narrator Samuel is a compilation of the thousands of boy soldiers Ricky has helped). However, given that these child soldiers are real and suffering, and Ricky Richard Anywar is a real person doing real work to help rehabilitate these child soldiers, this book ne [...]


    3. *received an ARC of this in exchange for my honest review Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton, is two stories in one. The first one, is based on a true story by Ricky Richard Anywar, who was a child soldier in the Ugandan civil war. Abducted by Joseph Kony's army when he was only fourteen years old, Ricky was forced to do and witness unthinkable acts of violence and death. I really recommend you hear out his powerful and inspiring story, for after the war, Ricky forms a rehabilitation group, The Friends [...]


    4. It made me want to cry. It showed me a world so far away from me, but so heartbreaking and cruel. I think everyone should read this story. Everyone.


    5. This book is nothing like I've ever read before, especially in the world of YA. It is a powerful and heartbreaking book that tells a story of a boy who learns to forgive when forgiveness doesn't seem possible. I think that books like Soldier Boy are important for young readers, and adults alike, to help people understand that the world that we live in is not black and white. History needs to be talked about, even the bad parts. Keely did a wonderful job of writing Ricky's story in a way that mak [...]


    6. Soldier Boy is a wow. One of those books that everyone, from ages 12 on up, should read. It is our obligation as human beings to be aware that the events that occur in this book really happened and continue to happen. It is our responsibility as human beings to do what we can to stop it. That task can begin by reading this book and telling others about it. And that’s what I’m doing right now.Soldier Boy is based on actual events that have been taking place in Uganda for decades. Children are [...]


    7. This amazing book was not only well-written, but is a true story that is historical, heart-breaking and important to read. The book includes stories from two POV's. One is Ricky's, and this is the true story part. In 1989, Ricky and his brother were taken from their home by force and turned into fighting rebels in northern Uganda. Joseph Kony and his LAS rebels stole children from their homes to fight his war. The children's existence was brutal.The second story, which takes place in 2006, is Sa [...]


    8. I don't know how to shelf this book. It is part true story, part fictional composite of true stories. Readers who like Ismael Beah's story will be as equally enthralled and horrified by this one. Ricky's example of hope and courage are inspiring. His desire to help children in other dire circumstances equally moving.


    9. Incredible story of the loss of childhood innocence in the wake of war's savage cruelty. Crisp writing and a pair of heart wrenching stories, skillfully interwoven, make this a worthy addition to the growing pantheon of genocide books. Based on the story of Ricky Richard Anywar who was abducted at age 14 and forced to join the LRA in the brutal Ugandan Civil War, Solider Boy is gripping and emotionally captivating.


    10. Last night I finished reading Keely Hutton's SOLDIER BOY. Actually, I completed it at 3AM, because I couldn't put it down. I'm so impressed with Keely's commitment to her craft and her gift as a writer. Despite the agony in those pages, she pulled me through, with her amazing ability to find just the right words. And the hope both she and Ricky Richard Anywar offer. Though there are violent scenes (it IS real, after all), nothing is gratuitous. And the alternating stories create a perfect balanc [...]


    11. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 Thank you @kidlitexchange and publisher for sharing this free ARC of Soldier Boy by #KeelyHutton -all opinions are my own!Wow. A sad, riveting telling based on the true story of a soldier in the Ugandan Civil War. This is one of those books that will take time to process and you will grieve, with the characters and over the events that seem too unreal to fathom. The unique point of views, switching between the soldier, Ricky Richard Anywar, and Samuel, a fictiona [...]


    12. This is truly a moving story of overcoming adversity, but serves more broadly to educate generations of readers about the harsh realities endured by a nation in the grips of civil war; fellow human beings who, until this author’s story, seemed another world away. Keely Hutton captures the human element of such atrocity in a poignant, graceful manner; through Ricky's and Samuel's stories, the reader is able to travel the roads of war-torn and ravaged Uganda, and experience the stark, sometimes [...]


    13. Il bambino soldato è un romanzo crudo, che se ne frega e ti sbatte in faccia la realtà. E' un libro per ragazzi, eppure alla soglia ormai degli enta, mi sono sentita toccata, squarciata, aperta in due, inserendolo lì al posto del cuore in pieno petto. Partendo dall'inizio, è molto facile apprezzarne la copertina dai toni così vivi. L'immagine di quel bambino nascosto tra le foglie, l'immagine di quegli occhi che ci scrutano mescolati tra rabbia e paura, sembra la visione di uno dei document [...]


    14. This novel was fantastic! There are two stories running simultaneously with one story being the true story of Ricky Anywar, who in 1989 at the age of 14, was abducted from his home and thrown into the rebel army of Kony in the Ugandan Civil War. His story is heroic, frightening, and fascinating. The other narrative begins with Samuel who is recovering from war wounds and will soon be returning home but is dealing with the horrors of war. His story is sad yet true. The ending of this novel is bea [...]


    15. I appreciated how the author wove together two stories of boys, boy soldiers, whose experiences were quite similar. It is not difficult to imagine what might have happened to Ricky without the kindness of others, and how he seems determined to pay it back by reaching out to the orphans left behind by conflict in his country. Because readers don't realize at first that the adult interacting with Samuel is Ricky, and that their experiences mesh so well, there is a bit of a mystery about the story [...]


    16. Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I needed to take a bit to process this book because WOW. Soldier Boy is the true story of Ricky Richard Anywar, who was abducted in 1989 to fight with Joseph Kony's rebel army in the Ugandan civil war. He was 14 years old. From that fateful moment when he and his brother and friends are captured and made to bear witness to the destruction of their homes and families, the reader lives Ricky's unimaginable nightma [...]


    17. Received advanced reader copy from publisher via Baker & Taylor book supplierRicky Anywar is kidnapped in 1989 and made to fight in the Ugandan Civil War. He tries to survive among the abuse, brutality, and inevitable anguish of war but he never stops dreaming of escape.The portion of this book that is about Ricky is based on a real-life account. Inserted in between various chapters about Ricky are chapters about Samuel, a fictional character who represents the many children that Ricky now h [...]


    18. E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineIn 1998, Ricky is living with his family in Uganda. His father is a teacher, and his family believes strongly in education. His older brother, Patrick, is bigger and smarter, but Ricky looks up to him. When soldiers from the Lord's Resistance Army pass by their village, Ricky and his friends are out on the road to try to see what the commotion is. The LRA is brutal, and in one afternoon, Ricky's family is killed and he and Patrick are taken to become soldie [...]


    19. I have no words for what I'm feeling right now. It's a mixture of anger, sorrow, and hope. And It makes me so sad to see how few reviews and ratings this book has, because it deserves to be read by everyone. Assign it in schools - both secondary and university level students need to read this. Everyone needs to read this. It not only serves as a lesson on global issues, but also a reminder of the things we all do in the name of war. What amazes me about this book is the man, Ricky Richard Anywar [...]


    20. Is this book on your reading list? It should be. Two words: Page turner. I read 148 pages in one sitting! I had to pause to eat dinner! Caution: Once you start reading you will not want to put this book down! This novel will take you on a journey in which you will find hope in the face of fear, love in the shadows of hate, and foregiveness in a heart filled with despair. Keely, tells a story of a remarkable young boy, Ricky, who was kidnapped by the LRA and pressed on through the trials and tort [...]


    21. Originally, I wasn't going to write a review because I am bad at expressing my love for things. But this book is the best book I've read in a long time. It's heart breaking but life changing as well. You'll have to close the book at some points and just, think. And even three days after finishing this book I still haven't stopped thinking. Ricky's story of being a child soldier is very hard to take it. It's hard to realize what's happening in the world and how cruel it is. But it's important. An [...]


    22. Soldier Boy delves into subject matter that many Americans, myself included, don't know much about. Because the horrors of children forced to fight wars are still going on, this is an important read. It is made more so by the first-hand account of Ricky's experiences, both as a child soldier in Kony's army and in his work today, helping children who have been hurt by the war around them. At times, I found the subject matter difficult to get through, but the quieter moments of Samuel's story help [...]


    23. Beautifully written, this book is heartbreaking and tragic, but more than that, it's full of courage, and hope, and love. It shows strength of spirit and reminds you that even though there's so much hate, cruelty, and darkness in the world, light can still be found and no one is ever truly lost. Buy this book. Read it. It's an emotional read, about an amazing person, written by a wonderful author.


    24. Excellent book about children forced to fight in the Uganda civil war. The brutality is almost unbelievable. Very sad. I looked forward to the times I could take to read this book. Although the subject is tough, to say the least, it's a compelling book and would be good to have every high school or even middle school student reading this. Thank you to for providing me with a copy of this book so I could give a review.


    25. Excellent book. It was the story about Ricky Richard Anywar's life. He was a boy who was taken into the Ugandan't guerrilla army. Unbelievable, inspirational and shows how perseverance can see one through rough, rough times.Biographical fiction.


    26. Enjoyable read about a tough topic. Told in alternating chapters, this memoir style novel tells the story of Ricky and Samuel. Both abducted by Joseph kony's LRA rebel group, this shares their experience as child soldiers. Heartbreaking and heartwarming.


    27. Won in a giveaway. This was a really excellent book. Heartbreaking and beautifully written, it was a book that you couldn't put own. I definitely recommend this for anyone. This is not the type of genre I typically read, and it has become one of my new favorites.




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