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Never Fall Down - Patricia McCormick
Never Fall Down
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When soldiers arrive at his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock 'n' roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice cream with his brother. But after the soldiers march the entire population into the countryside, his life is changed forever. Arn is separated from his family... show more
When soldiers arrive at his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock 'n' roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice cream with his brother. But after the soldiers march the entire population into the countryside, his life is changed forever. Arn is separated from his family and assigned to a labor camp: working in the rice paddies under a blazing sun, he sees the other children, weak from hunger, malaria, or sheer exhaustion, dying before his eyes. He sees prisoners marched to a nearby mango grove, never to return. And he learns to be invisible to the sadistic Khmer Rouge, who can give or take away life on a whim. One day, the soldiers ask if any of the kids can play an instrument. Arn's never played a note in his life, but he volunteers. In order to survive, he must quickly master the strange revolutionary songs the soldiers demand—and steal food to keep the other kids alive. This decision will save his life, but it will pull him into the very center of what we know today as the Killing Fields. And just as the country is about to be liberated from the Khmer Rouge, Arn is handed a gun and forced to become a soldier. He lives by the simple credo: Over and over I tell myself one thing: never fall down. Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, this is an achingly raw and powerful novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace, from National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780061730931 (0061730939)
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Pages no: 216
Edition language: English
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Musings of a Bibliophile
Musings of a Bibliophile rated it
0.0 Never Fall Down
I... I really don't know how to review this. Or rate it. Will need to give it some thought...
valar morghulis
valar morghulis rated it
5.0 Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
This book broke me. And to think that all of this is a true story and actually happened... I have no words.
Reading Under the Willow Tree
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Won this from Goodreads First Reads!!!!First time I've won : )
Peace, Love & Books
Peace, Love & Books rated it
5.0 Never Fall Down
A vivid, harrowing, and profoundly moving story based on the real-life experience of Arn Charn, whose family is forced to relocate to the infamous "Killing Fields" when the Khmer Rouge comes to power in Cambodia. A superbly written, memorable novel.
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