Soldier Boy

Soldier Boy

It was just a nightmare. All Ricky needed to do was wake up. Just open his eyes. And Kony?s red-eyed beasts with their long claws dripping blood and their fiery breath would have disappeared. His brother would be beside him. His parents and sisters would be safe and asleep in their beds. Just like before. Here is the true story of Ricky Richard Anywar, abducted in 1989 at age It was just a nightmare. All Ricky needed to do was wake up. Just open his eyes. And Kony?s red-eyed b...

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Title:Soldier Boy
Author:Keely Hutton
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Soldier Boy
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Soldier Boy Reviews

  • Lara Anderson
    Dec 19, 2017
    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I needed to take a bit to process this book because WOW. Soldier Boy is the true story of Ricky Richard Anywar, who was abducted in 1989 to fight with Joseph Kony's rebel army in the Ugandan civil ...
  • Barbara
    Aug 08, 2017
    I appreciated how the author wove together two stories of boys, boy soldiers, whose experiences were quite similar. It is not difficult to imagine what might have happened to Ricky without the kindness of others, and how he seems determined to pay it back by reaching out to the orphans...
  • Lisa
    Nov 12, 2017
    This amazing book was not only well-written, but is a true story that is historical, heart-breaking and important to read. The book includes stories from two POV's. One is Ricky's, and this is the true story part. In 1989, Ricky and his brother were taken from their home by force and...
  • AJ
    Apr 14, 2018
    If possible, listen to the audio version of the book. I have been to Uganda a number of times and they?ve done such a fantastic job in describing life there as I have seen it and the narrator has a fantastic Ugandan accent that really helps you immerse in the book. The descriptio...
  • Amy
    Jul 26, 2017
    I don't know how to shelf this book. It is part true story, part fictional composite of true stories. Readers who like Ismael Beah's story will be as equally enthralled and horrified by this one. Ricky's example of hope and courage are inspiring. His desire to help children in other di...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Mar 28, 2017
    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline In 1998, Ricky is living with his family in Uganda. His father is a teacher, and his family believes strongly in education. His older brother, Patrick, is bigger and smarter, but Ricky looks up to him. When soldiers from the Lord's Resistance ...
  • Shelly
    May 23, 2017
    Excellent book about children forced to fight in the Uganda civil war. The brutality is almost unbelievable. Very sad. I looked forward to the times I could take to read this book. Although the subject is tough, to say the least, it's a compelling book and would be good to have every h...
  • Jennifer
    Jun 23, 2017
    Received advanced reader copy from publisher via Baker & Taylor book supplier Ricky Anywar is kidnapped in 1989 and made to fight in the Ugandan Civil War. He tries to survive among the abuse, brutality, and inevitable anguish of war but he never stops dreaming of escape. The...
  • grieshaber.reads
    Dec 06, 2017
    Soldier Boy is a wow. One of those books that everyone, from ages 12 on up, should read. It is our obligation as human beings to be aware that the events that occur in this book really happened and continue to happen. It is our responsibility as human beings to do what we can to stop i...
  • Sandy
    Sep 06, 2017
    This novel was fantastic! There are two stories running simultaneously with one story being the true story of Ricky Anywar, who in 1989 at the age of 14, was abducted from his home and thrown into the rebel army of Kony in the Ugandan Civil War. His story is heroic, frightening, and fa...
  • Marcy
    Mar 23, 2018
    Wow, I?ve read many story?s about child soldiers but this one was deep. Ricky?s story is told without any fluff and it?s unbelievable heartbreaking. I find it hard to believe this is a book for ?teens? as many teens in the US are totally sheltered and removed from any atroc...
  • Erika
    Aug 10, 2017
    Everyone needs to read this. ...
  • Krysti
    Jul 31, 2017
    This book is unlike anything I've ever read. It is eye-opening, heartbreaking, and absolutely moving. The writing is lovely, and I cannot recommend listening to the audio version of this book highly enough. I am so glad that I stepped outside of my usual reading box and was able to exp...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    Jun 09, 2017
    Add this to high school required reading lists IMMEDIATELY. Eye opening and heartbreaking, Soldier Boy is not a book we want to exist, given that it's a semi-factual account of horrifying events (Ricky's account is true, while the other narrator Samuel is a compilation of the thousands...
  • The Clever Reader
    Aug 01, 2017
    This book is nothing like I've ever read before, especially in the world of YA. It is a powerful and heartbreaking book that tells a story of a boy who learns to forgive when forgiveness doesn't seem possible. I think that books like Soldier Boy are important for young readers, and adu...
  • Kathleen Blasi
    Aug 11, 2017
    Last night I finished reading Keely Hutton's SOLDIER BOY. Actually, I completed it at 3AM, because I couldn't put it down. I'm so impressed with Keely's commitment to her craft and her gift as a writer. Despite the agony in those pages, she pulled me through, with her amazing ability t...
  • Eboni Collins
    Aug 17, 2017
    Beautifully written, this book is heartbreaking and tragic, but more than that, it's full of courage, and hope, and love. It shows strength of spirit and reminds you that even though there's so much hate, cruelty, and darkness in the world, light can still be found and no one is ever t...
  • Kaitlyn
    Jun 06, 2017
    *received an ARC of this in exchange for my honest review Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton, is two stories in one. The first one, is based on a true story by Ricky Richard Anywar, who was a child soldier in the Ugandan civil war. Abducted by Joseph Kony's army when he was only fourteen ...
  • Ashley
    Dec 28, 2017
    I have no words for what I'm feeling right now. It's a mixture of anger, sorrow, and hope. And It makes me so sad to see how few reviews and ratings this book has, because it deserves to be read by everyone. Assign it in schools - both secondary and university level students need to re...
  • Michelle
    Jul 15, 2017
    Soldier Boy delves into subject matter that many Americans, myself included, don't know much about. Because the horrors of children forced to fight wars are still going on, this is an important read. It is made more so by the first-hand account of Ricky's experiences, both as a child s...
  • Miss Kelly
    Jan 09, 2018
    Excellent book. It was the story about Ricky Richard Anywar's life. He was a boy who was taken into the Ugandan't guerrilla army. Unbelievable, inspirational and shows how perseverance can see one through rough, rough times. Biographical fiction. ...
  • Emanuela Il mondo di sopra
    Jul 28, 2017
    Il bambino soldato un romanzo crudo, che se ne frega e ti sbatte in faccia la realt. E' un libro per ragazzi, eppure alla soglia ormai degli enta, mi sono sentita toccata, squarciata, aperta in due, inserendolo l al posto del cuore in pieno petto. Partendo dall'inizio, mo...
  • Jaylee
    Sep 06, 2017
    It made me want to cry. It showed me a world so far away from me, but so heartbreaking and cruel. I think everyone should read this story. Everyone. ...
  • Mr. Brad
    Dec 07, 2017
    Incredible story of the loss of childhood innocence in the wake of war's savage cruelty. Crisp writing and a pair of heart wrenching stories, skillfully interwoven, make this a worthy addition to the growing pantheon of genocide books. Based on the story of Ricky Richard Anywar who was...
  • M
    Sep 10, 2017
    ?????/5 Thank you @kidlitexchange and publisher for sharing this free ARC of Soldier Boy by #KeelyHutton -all opinions are my own! Wow. A sad, riveting telling based on the true story of a soldier in the Ugandan Civil War. This is one of those books that will take time t...
  • Meghan Glaser
    Feb 22, 2017
    This is truly a moving story of overcoming adversity, but serves more broadly to educate generations of readers about the harsh realities endured by a nation in the grips of civil war; fellow human beings who, until this author?s story, seemed another world away. Keely Hutton capture...
  • Stacy Cougle
    Jul 20, 2017
    Is this book on your reading list? It should be. Two words: Page turner. I read 148 pages in one sitting! I had to pause to eat dinner! Caution: Once you start reading you will not want to put this book down! This novel will take you on a journey in which you will find hope in the face...
  • Ashley O'Rear
    Dec 16, 2017
    Originally, I wasn't going to write a review because I am bad at expressing my love for things. But this book is the best book I've read in a long time. It's heart breaking but life changing as well. You'll have to close the book at some points and just, think. And even three days afte...
  • Ingrid
    May 08, 2019
    This book is amazing! I recommend it a 100%. I feel like everyone should get the opportunity to read and learn from it. Soldier Boy it?s not a novel but a true story and it leaves such a powerful message. This is something we should learn. The book leaves you with a tremendous apprec...
  • Eva
    Apr 24, 2019
    Soldier boy was one of my favorite books this year! The book wasn?t only beautiful, emotional and fragile, it was also very well-written. You could almost feel the pain of the main characters through the pages of this novel. It was fascinating that this book was composed of 2...