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Soldier Boy

Soldier Boy

A Novel Based on a True Story from the Ugandan Civil War

Keely Hutton; read by Kevin R. Free

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06/13/2017

ISBN: 9781427287137

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"Powerful writing based on the real life of Ricky Anywar is heightened by narrator Kevin R. Free's dramatic reading. Free's use of an African accent carries readers to the Ugandan setting and the stories of two characters — one real, one fictional." — AudioFile Magazine

Soldier Boy begins with the story of Ricky Richard Anywar, abducted at age fourteen in 1989 to fight with Joseph Kony's rebel army in Uganda’s decades-long civil war. Ricky is trained, armed, and forced to fight government soldiers alongside his brutal kidnappers, but never stops dreaming of escape.

The story continues twenty years later, with a fictionalized character named Samuel, representative of the thousands of child soldiers Ricky eventually helped rehabilitate as founder of the internationally acclaimed charity Friends of Orphans.

Working closely with Ricky himself, debut author Keely Hutton has written an eye-opening audiobook about a boy’s unbreakable spirit and indomitable courage in the face of unimaginable horror.

This title has Common Core connections.

Booklist Editors' Choice, Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List

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SAMUEL

2006


Samuel lived by three rules.

Never doubt Kony.

Stay alert.

And trust no one.

He didn’t just follow the rules. He lived by them. He lived because of them.

Sitting in...

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"Powerful writing based on the real life of Ricky Anywar is heightened by narrator Kevin R. Free's dramatic reading." -AudioFile

About the author

Keely Hutton; read by Kevin R. Free

Keely Hutton is an educational journalist and former teacher. She is the recipient of the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop scholarship at Chautauqua. Since 2012, she has been working closely with Ricky Richard Anywar to tell his story. Soldier Boy is her first novel.

Ricky Richard Anywar is the founder of the internationally acclaimed charity Friends of Orphans, and a former child soldier in Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Since escaping the LRA, Anywar has dedicated his life to rehabilitating other survivors and advocating for peace in their communities.

Kevin R. Free

Keely Hutton

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