Songs of a War Boy

Word count

72695 words

Audiobook length

7 hours and 49 minutes

Page Count

Paperback: 192 pages

How long does it take to read?

Average Readers (@250 words/min) take 4 hours 51 minutes to read Songs of a War Boy. Slower Readers (@150 words/min) take 8 hours 5 minutes to finish this book. Fast Readers (@450 words/min), on the other hand, will take around 2 hours 42 minutes to read Songs of a War Boy

Reading Level

Based on analysing the text of Songs of a War Boy, we estimate that readers of 13th and 14th grade will be able to read this book. This estimation is based on a number of readability tests devised by experts, some of which is listed here.

Reading Level by Flesch Kincaid Scale
Grade 13.5
Reading Level by SMOG Index
Grade 10.2
Coleman Liau Index
Grade 7.15
Dale Chall Readability Score
Grade 6.73

Book Description

'A reminder that every childhood is different, and some are jaw-droppingly, mind-bendingly, heart-wrenchingly different.' - Morris Gleitzman, Australian Children's Laureate

Deng Adut was six years old when war came to his village in South Sudan. Taken from his mother, he was conscripted into the Sudanese People's Liberation Army. He was taught to use an AK-47 and sent into battle.

Shot in the back, plagued by illness and the relentless brutality of war, Deng's future was bleak. A child soldier must kill or be killed. But, after five years, he was rescued by his brother John and, miraculously, they became the third Sudanese family resettled in Australia.

Songs of a War Boy is the inspirational memoir of a young man who has overcome unthinkable adversity to become a lawyer, refugee advocate and NSW Australian of the Year. It is also an important reminder of the power of compassion.

Content warning: Parts of this book contain confronting material that might cause distress to some readers. For ages 12+