from the Publisher's Description: "For several decades a brutal army of rebels has been raiding villages in northern Uganda, kidnapping children and turning them into soldiers or wives of commanders. More than 30,000 children have been abducted over the last twenty years and forced to commit unspeakable crimes. Grace Akallo was one of these. Her story, which is the story of many Ugandan children, recounts her terrifying experience."
The book has two authors/narrators, Faith and Grace, who alternate chapters. Faith provides straight-forward, historical background information on Uganda and the country's leading political, religious, and historical figures like Idi Amin and Joseph Kony. Faith's chapters are obviously meticulously researched and help the reader understand the roots of the civil war.
Grace, on the other hand, is a former child soldier who takes the reader on a disturbing, frightening journey from the time Grace was kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army in the middle of the night, to her harrowing experiences as a child soldier, to her final walk to freedom. Ultimately, it is Grace's faith that sees her through.
While I found the alternating chapters off-putting, other people might enjoy the emotional break between the chapters of Grace's harrowing tale. One thing's for certain: Grace Akallo has an important and heart breaking story to tell.