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As a child in a small rural village in Sierra Leone, Mariatu Kamara lived peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Rumors of rebel attacks were no more than a distant worry. But when 12-year-old Mariatu set out for a neighboring village, she never arrived. Heavily armed rebel soldiers, many no older than children themselves, attacked and tortured Mariatu. During this brutal act of senseless violence they cut off both her hands. Stumbling through the countryside, Mariatu miraculously survived. The sweet taste of a mango, her first food after the attack, reaffirmed her desire to live, but the challenge of clutching the fruit in her bloodied arms reinforced the grim new reality that stood before her. With no parents or living adult to support her and living in a refugee camp, she turned to begging in the streets of Freetown. As told to her by Mariatu, journalist Susan McClelland has written the heartbreaking true story of the brutal attack, its aftermath and Mariatu’s eventual arrival in Toronto where she began to pull together the pieces of her broken life with courage, astonishing resilience and hope.

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Bite of the Mango, The
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A very sad interesting novel
February 26th, 2015
I will recommend this book to someone who loves reading about war, and the outcome of it on humans especially children who can't be children they have to grow up very fast a must read ,
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Couldn't put this book down.
January 14th, 2015
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. It was well written and the fact that it was a true story made it even more interesting. The story is heart wrenching and brutally honest. I would definitely recommend this book.
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November 14th, 2014
Simply and honestly told. Chilling in that honesty and charming in the simplicity. A story we should all be told.
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Beautifully written
July 4th, 2014
Tragic and eye opening but still somehow uplifting.
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The Bite of the Mango
March 30th, 2014
Wakes you up, no 12 yr old child should have to suffer like that?
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March 30th, 2014
Wakes you up, no 12 yr old child should have to suffer like that?
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Bite of the mango
March 24th, 2014
Very good story , so sad what people do to each other, good read.
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Amazing and heartbreaking at once
October 12th, 2013
This book is a must read for everyone.
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Bite of the Mango,The
April 25th, 2013
I read this book in a couple of hours.A very good read.
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Inspiring read
April 20th, 2013
Awesome book. Written for youth, excellent for any age reader who cares about the world.
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Excellent!
December 27th, 2012
A chilling account...
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