Every Falling Star

Every Falling Star

The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea

Book - 2016
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"Every Falling Star, the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, is the intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who is forced at age twelve to live on the streets and fend for himself. To survive, Sungju creates a gang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging, and stealing rides on cargo trains. Sungju richly re-creates his scabrous story, depicting what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang, his 'brothers'; to be hungry and to fear arrest, imprisonment, and even execution. This riveting memoir allows young readers to learn about other cultures where freedoms they take for granted do not exist"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Amulet Books,, 2016
ISBN: 9781419721328
1419721321
Characteristics: xv, 314 pages
Additional Contributors: McClelland, Susan

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jadenf404
Aug 27, 2017

I really loved this book, after every chapter I had to keep reminding myself that this was real, that Sungju Lee actually lived through the events in the book. This book would still be fantastic if it was fiction but the fact it was a true story made it so much better. It really made me appreciate the life I am living compared to the lives of many other people in the world. This book will open many peoples eyes towards the situation in North Korea. Amazing read!

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Yohoona
Aug 06, 2017

This book was very rich and interesting, and tear-jerking at moments. It is one of a kind, as it portrays where no author has ever gone before and tells a true story that could not be beaten by any fiction. I guarantee, you will read this book and be intrigued by the rawness of the story, and the historical facts behind them. I highly recommend this book to you. 5 stars.

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wombatcombat
Jul 02, 2017

A deep book, and one that you can read over and over again, understanding more and more of the story. Suitable for teens, this book can take you on a journey through the childhood of Sungju and his brothers. When you finish my ou will be sure to appreciate more of what you have now. Highly recommend!

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benjaminliu123789
Jun 30, 2017

it was a very sad and confusing at the starting, but soon as the goes on, it get better and exciting more and more. very good book, suggest to read. but better if you are older, then you can understand what the book really mean, in a different way.

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miaone
Oct 06, 2016

I've read several excellent books by young women who escaped from North Korea to South Korea and I found their personal stories fascinating and well worth reading. The women authors mentioned gangs of young men who were dangerous and violent and threatened people in the farmers' markets in N. Korea. This is the first account I've read by a young man who was in one of those gangs. I encourage you to read this one, but not only this one. Check out, also, the biographies of, e.g., Yeonmi Park or Hyeonseo Lee for books that fill in the experiences of women escapees from N. Korea through China and other routes. Quite topical.

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