Synopses & Reviews
Portraying the pressures of teens to live a normal life while facing mental illness, this suspenseful young adult novel follows the journey of success-bound Abe, who struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A senior in high school, with a loving and wealthy adoptive family, Abe is on track for a big scholarship and an open future. Suddenly, horrific flashbacks rip him back to war-torn Africa, where five years previously he lost his mother, sister, friends, and almost his own life to torturous violence. During therapy, he uncovers even darker moments from his past that make him question how he survived. This action-filled thriller will open the eyes and hearts of teenagers to the lives of young people who have been exposed to profound violence around the world.
"Powerful books like Abe in Arms will help inspire younger and older readers to help put an end to children being trapped in the nightmare of war." Craig Wiesner, cofounder, Reach And Teach
"A gripping tale that takes its place in the sad but necessary literature of Africas child soldiers, joining such classics as What Is the What, Dave Eggerss fictionalized story of Sudanese child soldier Valentino Achak Deng." Times Union (Albany, New York)
"Author Pegi Deitz Shea tells Abes story with compassion, educating readers both about the Liberian conflict and about posttraumatic stress disorder and its treatments." Teaching Tolerance
"Pegi Deitz Shea has written a powerful book for teens about young boys forced to become soldiers in war-torn countries like Liberia. She isn't afraid to take her readers to complicated and uncomfortable places. . . . How will those who survive, ever live normal lives?" —www.ChildrensBooksHeal.com
About the Author
Pegi Deitz Shea teaches at the Institute of Childrens Literature and the University of Connecticut and has presented at more than 350 schools, libraries, and conferences across the United States. She is the author of The Carpet Boys Gift, Patience Wright, Tangled Threads, Ten Mice for Tet, and The Whispering Cloth, which have been made Notables by organizations including the International Reading Association, National Council for the Social Studies, and the New York Public Library. She lives in Vernon, Connecticut.