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Songs of a War Boy: The bestselling biography of Deng Adut - a child soldier, refugee and man of hope

Songs of a War Boy: The bestselling biography of Deng Adut - a child soldier, refugee and man of hope (Paperback)

By Adut, Deng Thiak
With McKelvey, Ben

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The true story of Deng Adut - Sudanese child soldier, refugee, man of hope - for readers aged 10 to 14. Deng Adut's family were farmers in South Sudan when a brutal civil war altered his life forever. At six years old, his mother was told she had to give him up to fight. At the a... read full description below.

ISBN 9780734419620
Barcode 9780734419620
Published 23 July 2019 by Hachette
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780734419620
ISBN-10 0734419627
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Hachette
Imprint Lothian Children's Books
Publication Date 23 July 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Adut, Deng Thiak
With McKelvey, Ben
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
True Stories: War / Combat / Elite Forces
Australian
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 170g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Child soldiers - Biography - Sudan, Refugees - Biography - Sudan, Refugees - Biography - Australia
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 355.008309624
Catalogue Code 1003787

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The true story of Deng Adut - Sudanese child soldier, refugee, man of hope - for readers aged 10 to 14. Deng Adut's family were farmers in South Sudan when a brutal civil war altered his life forever. At six years old, his mother was told she had to give him up to fight. At the age most Australian children are starting school, Deng was conscripted into the Sudan People's Liberation Army. He began a harsh, relentless military training that saw this young boy trained to use an AK-47 and sent into battle. He lost the right to be a child. He lost the right to learn. The things Deng saw over those years will stay with him forever. He suffered from cholera, malaria and numerous other debilitating illnesses but still he had to fight. A child soldier is expected to kill or be killed and Deng almost died a number of times. He survived being shot in the back. The desperation and loneliness was overwhelming. He thought he was all alone. But Deng was rescued from war by his brother John. Hidden in the back of a truck, he was smuggled out of Sudan and into Kenya. Here he lived in refugee camps until he was befriended by an Australian couple. With their help and the support of the UN, Deng Adut came to Australia as a refugee. Despite physical injuries and mental trauma he grabbed the chance to make a new life. He worked in a local service station and learnt English watching The Wiggles. He taught himself to read and started studying at TAFE. In 2005 he enrolled in a Bachelor of Law at Western Sydney University. He became the first person in his family to graduate from university. This is an inspiring story of a man who has overcome deadly adversity to become a lawyer and committed worker for the disenfranchised, helping refugees in Western Sydney. It is an important reminder of the power of compassion and the benefit to us all when we open our doors and our hearts to fleeing war, persecution and trauma.

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Author's Bio

Deng Thiak Adut (Author) Refugee advocate and lawyer Deng Thiak Adut arrived in Australia as a refugee in 1998. His first book, Songs of a War Boy, details his harrowing experience as a child soldier in Sudan. In 2016 he was selected to give the prestigious Australia Day Address at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He is the co-founder of leading Sydney criminal law firm, AC Law Group, known for its commitment to the communities of Western Sydney. To honour his brother, Deng established the John Mac Foundation to further education and justice in Australia and Sudan, including providing university scholarships for people from refugee backgrounds. In 2017 he was named NSW Australian of the Year. Ben Mckelvey (Author) Ben Mckelvey is a freelance writer and editor from Sydney who has filed for Good Weekend, GQ, Voyeur, Rolling Stone, The Bulletin, Cosmo, Cleo and the Age and West Australian newspapers. Ben's previous gigs have included editing Sports&Style and Juice magazines, and working at the Sydney Morning Herald as a Senior Feature Writer. He has been embedded with the ADF in East Timor and Iraq, and has worked independently in Iran and Afghanistan.

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