The Bite of the Mango

The Bite of the Mango

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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, 2008
ISBN: 9781554511587
Branch Call Number: 966 .404 KAM
Characteristics: 216 p. :,maps ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: McClelland, Susan


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Jun 20, 2018

Loved the book... told in the first person. A very challenging life but her resilience comes through again and again. Very inspiring young woman.

Mar 23, 2013

I loved it. It's a touching story and a short read. It's bittersweet and it ends fairly well for Mariatu. Five stars!

sybel_lovez2read Apr 12, 2011

i just finished "The Bite Of The Mango" i thought it was verrryyyy touching in some parts of the book like when mariatu got her hands caught off , by boys who were about her age . She said that she wanted them killed but at the same time she didn't because she new that the boys had parents who might of died or siblings who also passed away. My favorite paragraph of the book are... "At first i felt only anger. I wanted those four boys dead.I hoped the special court would order them killed. But the anger made me feel sick,and over time I saw that taking a life was not the solution . They were kids, like me, who'd got caught up in something beyond their control. Maybe in the bush they'd thought of their parents and sisters, and felt alone and scared like i had. There was nothing i could do,i realized,even if i wanted to.Even boys were right in front of me,i wouldn't be able to hurt them,not with my words or with my body. They might spend some time in prision, but there was no way i could allow myself to make them suffer.Instead,i imagined those boys standing before me as i said to them:"I hope your very sorry for what you did to me.But i forgive u". .... :)

mrslautner7398 Apr 12, 2011

my sister told me about this book and it sounded really good so im going to read it i cant wait!

HellsDaughter Mar 31, 2011

This is getting my vote. End of story. A must read.

I'm doing a review of it at the board office!!! I'll be up on stage talking about it!!

nikki16 Mar 21, 2011

i think everybody should read this book because it is such a good book i felf so sad to read what happened to her at a young age

member_bookclub Mar 11, 2011

I LIked this book, it was Good.

BlackHell Mar 10, 2011

I think this book should be MANDATORY for EVERYONE to read.

jdsncb23 Mar 04, 2011

A blunt novel with the important message of peace, The Bite of the Mango is a captivating Non-Fiction that is about the journey of one girl from a war torn Sierra Leone to a new life in Canada. Amazing!

emilyV254 Mar 03, 2011

This is an amazing book! It shows what really happens in life and makes you think... :)

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Jun 20, 2018

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