Sunday, July 09, 2017

What is Keely Hutton reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Keely Hutton, author of Soldier Boy.

Her entry begins:
I have been reading two books that reveal courageous people and harrowing events of the past while shining a light on issues, such as refugees, leaks, and whistleblowers, at the forefront of news reports and political debates today.

I recently finished the eye-opening debut book How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana. The book recounts Sandra’s childhood in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the attack that took place on the refugee camp where her tribe and family were forced to live. Surviving the massacre, Sandra’s family journeys to the United States, where Sandra struggles to find a sense of identity and eventually becomes a strong advocate for her tribe and refugees around the world. I had the opportunity to...[read on]
About Soldier Boy, from the publisher:
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 book about a boy’s unbreakable spirit and indomitable courage in the face of unimaginable horror.
Visit Keely Hutton's website.

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--Marshal Zeringue