I read a fascinating book this past week called "A Long Way Gone" written by Ishmael Beah. Ishmael is a former child soldier from Sierra Leone who was rehabilitated and came to live in America where he finished high-school, graduated from college, and authored a best-selling memoir of his time as a child soldier that has currently sold over 700,000 copies and grossed over $1,000,000.
It is a fascinating story - well-written, extremely descriptive (and quite graphic at points as he describes the violence he was a part of), and overall hard to put down. Unfortunately, the historic accuracy and therefore the overall truthfulness of his account has been called into question by an Australian reporter named Peter Wilson over the last couple of years.
I will let you decide for yourself whether you believe Ishmael is telling/recalling the truth or whether Peter Wilson has uncovered a partially fraudulent account (read Peter's criticism here and Ishmael's statement in response here). Regardless, the story has done a lot of good as far as bringing the whole issue of child soldiers to the forefront of the public's mind. The kind of stuff that he describes in his book DOES happen - the question is whether it all happened to him.
Read the book - then let me know what you think.