Little Soldier

Bernard Ashley

2000 Short-listed

CILIP Carnegie Medal

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Orchard Books


When Kaninda survives a brutal attack on his village in East Africa he joins the rebel army, where he's trained to carry weapons, and use them.
But aid workers take him to London, to a new family and a comprehensive school. Clan and tribal conflicts are everywhere, and on the streets it's estate versus estate, urban tribe against urban tribe.
All Kaninda wants it to get back to his own war and take revenge on his enemies. But together with Laura Rose, the daughter of his new family, he is drawn into a dangerous local conflict that is spiraling out of control.

In the media
This is Ashley at his hard-hitting best

The Daily Telegraph

A serious and provocative reflection on kids and war, this novel should spark debate

The Daily Telegraph

[Ashley's] gritty urban realism marks a fresh approach to children's writing

Financial Times

Another thoughtful and topical tale

Daily Mail