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 listeners to learn about other cultures where freedoms they take for granted do not exist.
|Publisher:||Tantor Media, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Sungju Lee speaks across Europe, Asia, and North America about his experiences and about North Korean political social issues. He lives in South Korea but studies in England.
Susan McClelland's first book, Bite of the Mango, was a worldwide sensation, published in more than thirty countries. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, David Shih narrated the History Channel documentary China's First Emperor and the Discovery Networks series Royal Inquest. His many television and film credits include roles in The Path, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, All My Children, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Saving Face.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For a boy who lived a privileged life, the turn of events taking him to near starvation grip your emotions and change your ideas of North Korean life.
A must read for every high schooler, especially knowing that this suffering is still happening today. This book will make you cry and give you an in depth understanding of the privileged life we live in the US. Good luck to you Sungju, and thank you for sharing your painful experiences and your continued belief in hope.