I belong to a book club. We meet every month on the 3rd Thursday. I choose the book that the club reviewed this time. It was called " A Long Way Gone" by Ishmael Bech. He lived in Sierra Leone and was 12 when the village that he lived in was attacked. He was not in the village when it happened. He was at a talent show in another village. His mother, father and siblings were killed. He, with his friends that had also gone to the talent show then spent some time going from village to village trying to stay ahead of the rebels. I think he was 13 when he and his friends were caught and forced to serve in the rebel army (R.U.F.) There, with the R.U.F. he was given drugs and it was pretty much kill others or you will be killed. When he was 15 he was taken in by UNICEF and there he got help and finally sent to U.S.A. He's now in college working on getting a degree. ( Not sure in what.)
We all thought that the book was very interesting, sad that children were used that way and glad that he's now here in the U.S.A. I would recommend the book. It's a real eye opener on how other countries value children.
The fun part was that we had a guest after the book club met. We had local Wisconsin author, Victoria Houston as a guest, she talked to us and others, about how she got into writing and gave advice on how to go about writing and getting a book published. Her books are set in the North Woods of Wisconsin. They are mysteries and they are all OK for my Mom to read. No graphic sex, no gruesome murders or foul language. And no, I have not read her.....yet. I have a whole stack of books that I need to read first. My book club group all seem to enjoy her books. They are on the waiting list for her next one.
P.S. Yes, I sat next to the guy I like.