Results of the Whitbread Book Award in the year 1990.
Paul Kagomi is a child guerrilla, orphaned by war in Africa and schooled in bloodshed, who places his trust in his AK, his gun. He can’t remember his village, destroyed long ago, or his family. He has only Michael, his “uncle,” leader of their commando unit, who trained him to fight as a fierce, proud warrior.
With the promise of peace, Michael becomes a member of the government in the capital, and Paul buries the AK and is sent to school. But the peace does not last, and Paul and his friend Jilli set out to find his faithful gun again.
They may be children, but they are warriors too.