The book a long way gone is a must-read. My eyes were certainly opened. As a teacher of 12-yr olds, I couldn't help comparing the innocence of my students to the horrific maturity these children possessed. My question is about our news media. Until I read this book, I had no idea about Sierra Leone's civil war. I am fairly well read and do watch the news. Unfortunately, I know way more than I want to about Anna Nicole Smith's life. I have to assume that the news gives us what we want to see. What does that say about our priorities?
What age would you recommend for this book? I bought it after discussing it with the sales person at Barnes & Noble and was assured it would be fine for my 11 year old, but after reading the reviews, I'm not so certain. Ay opinion?
In the opinion of an eighth grade English teacher, this book is too graphic for an 11-year-old. It would be okay to discuss this topic with your child, but I think I'd hold off on buying the book for him/her. Read it yourself and then decide.