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 12 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 recreates 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.
©2016 Sungju Lee (P)2016 Tantor
"A pampered son of the elite survives a nightmarish ordeal in this page-turner of a memoir." (Kirkus)
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"Riveting, sad, and inspirational"
I am an older reader. The narrator's cadence lends itself to a young readership. As I listened, I couldn't help but picture a teacher reading this book aloud with students at his or her feet, mouths gaping as they hung on every word. I believe that was the intention. The author painted vivid images of this young mans struggle to survive in deplorable and heartbreaking conditions. Excellently done. Highly recommended.
"GREAT memoir, great narrorator!"
Sungju Lee's memoir could really add to the understanding of the plight of North Koreans' street children and all of North Korean atrocities being done in the name of the Un regime. I'm glad he is helping refugees settle in South Korea and elsewhere. The narrorator was superb. When I listen to a memoir, it's always great to have it ready by a person from the same decent. Even though he has an American accent, his voice is obviously Asian. I would listen to his narration again.
Without a doubt, the best book on North Korea I've listened to. So incredibly sad, yet awesome.
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