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Publisher's Summary

The astounding story of one girl's journey from war victim to UNICEF Special Representative. As a child in a small rural village in Sierra Leone, Mariatu Kamara lived peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Rumors of rebel attacks were no more than a distant worry. But when 12-year-old Mariatu set out for a neighboring village, she never arrived. Heavily armed rebel soldiers, many no older than children themselves, attacked and tortured Mariatu. During this brutal act of senseless violence, they cut off both of her hands.
Stumbling through the countryside, Mariatu miraculously survived. The sweet taste of a mango, her first food after the attack, reaffirmed her desire to live, but the challenge of clutching the fruit in her bloodied arms reinforced the grim new reality that stood before her. With no parents or living adult to support her and living in a refugee camp, she turned to begging in the streets of Freetown.In this gripping and heartbreaking true story, Mariatu shares with readers the details of the brutal attack, its aftermath, and her eventual arrival in Toronto. There, she began to pull together the pieces of her broken life with courage, astonishing resilience and hope.
©2008 Mariatu Kamara, Susan McClelland (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Written with journalist McClelland, her story is deeply personal yet devoid of self-pity. As it aims to correct misperceptions about Sierra Leone and to raise awareness of the needs of child victims of war, this book will unsettle readers - and then inspire them with the evidence of Mariatu's courage." (Publishers Weekly)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Jan on 06-28-12

Sweet Story of Survival, but...

absolutely the most painful narration I have endured, had to figure out how to high speed the book... I own 300+ books. The events of Sierra Leon were new to me and I did enjoy the basic information and Mariatu's story. Spend your credit on "Left to Tell" if looking for this type of story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By SydSavvy on 06-30-13

Sweetly told -- What is a President?

I'm ashamed to say that I had no idea about this country, about this war, this violence, these people, this particular hope for a better future. I am so glad I listened to this story about a girl who kept on surviving.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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