Study Guide

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Characters

By Ishmael Beah

Ishmael Beah

Ishmael is our narrator, but he's not quite the same as narrators in some other books. For...

Ishmael's Family

Ishmael never sees his family again after he and his brother lose each other in the chaos of the...

Ishmael's Friends

Throughout the course of his story, Ishmael runs into a whole bunch of different friends. This is...

Esther

If Esther appeared in one of Ishmael's dreams, we'd probably guess that she was an angel. She's a...

Lieutenant Jabati

Ishmael first meets Lieutenant Jabati when he and his friends roll up in Yele. They think they'll...

Uncle Tommy & Family

When Ishmael needs a place to stay after leaving the rehabilitation center, Leslie is able to...

Gasemu

Ishmael and his friends run into Gasemu on their way to find their parents. Gasemu is collecting...

Leslie

Leslie is basically Ishmael's caseworker when he's at Benin Center. He's one of the adults who...

Sheku & Josiah

Sheku and Josiah are two seven-year-old little boys who are recruited to fight in the army of...

Laura Simms

Laura Simms is a storyteller that Ishmael meets while travelling to New York City to give his...