The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara, Susan McClelland
Mariatu Kamara led a carefree childhood growing up in a small rural village in Sierra Leone, until the fateful day she was sent to fetch food from a nearby village. One there, armed rebels attacked, many no older than 12 year-old Mariatu herself. The Young Rebels brutally cur off Mariatu's hands. She survived to begin a journey that took her from the African bush to begging in the streets of Freetown, and ultimately to a new life in North America.