As of what I've read so far, I'd say that my overall reading is going somewhat average. In all honesty, I'm not really a big fan of the separated style of Cisnero's book, mainly because I prefer a more progressive storyline. That's just me, though. For its own style, I'd say that it works properly for the book, so I can appreciate it a little bit. In Beah's book, it gives a proper narrative on what is going on in the current events of the book, as well as what could potentially happen (survival), the thinking of what is desired (Ishmael's wish of New York), and so on. As a result, it's much easier for me to get interested in Beah's book as opposed to Cisnero's, mainly because of both format and content.
For chapter nine of A Long Way Gone, I suppose a proper title for this book would be "Sanctuary", mainly because the chapter focuses on how they were taken in by an unknown man right after they were robbed by fishermen. In the chapter itself, they're basically walking along the sand and have their guard up, watching for certain dangers. They're robbed by fisherman (taking their shoes, for example), and end up in pain for the next few days before being taken in and to a local village. I suppose that a proper theme for this chapter might have to do with struggle, mainly due to their pains after they were robbed. Apparently, they were able to get along with the village afterwards, but at first, they were attacked. This is evident when the chief says "These boys are no mercenaries, look at them." So, they're viewpoints have changed. That's what I got from this.