The Bite of the Mango is about a girl named Mariatu and she has a very happy life with no problems. She was living in a small town called Sierra Leone in Africa. One day rebels took over her town and she hid in bushes with her family. They hid in the buses for about a month or two so they would not get caught. Everything was going well until they ran out of food. Her aunt and uncle forced her to go back to her home and get some food with her cousins. While she was walking, trying to reach home without getting caught, she was spotted by a rebel boy and was forced to go with them and be punished for no reason. Her punishment was very dangerous, cruel, and unsanitary. When she was given her punishment, her life changed a lot!
She was given a lot treatment in Freetown (a town where the rebels have not taken over yet) and it works. Some people thought her treatment could go farther, and wanted the world to know about her and help her. She decides that she wants to go to Canada and stay there.
This Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland is a really good book to read because it is based on a true story and there is also a little bit of history in it that is included. There is also a little bit of suspense included that is going to make you want to know what is going to happen next. The text end by saying “you should look forward and back without any regrets at the same time.”
Recommended for 8th grade and up.