Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

Never Fall Down, Patricia McCormick. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2012. e-book, 139 pps.

     Arn Chorn Pond was a boy in a small Cambodian village when the Khmer Rouge came calling. It was a vicious time in history to have lived through. The village emptied out. Everyone was forced to march to fields far away where they grew rice and didn't have enough to eat. Conditions were inhumane.

     Arn was one of the "fortunate." He was adopted [his family died in The Killing Fields] and came to the United States to live. Other kids and adults, not so much.

sapphoq reviews says: Patricia McCormick relates a true story in Never Fall Down. Although characterized as a novel, the book has Arn's memories stamped in it. Highly recommended lest we forget the horrors of the Khmer Rouge.

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