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Never fall down : a novel

Publication Type:

Book

Source:

Balzer + Bray, Volume 1st, New York, p.216 (2012)

Call Number:

Cubb Curr PS3613 .C3828 N48 2012

URL:

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/9741586

Keywords:

Biographical fiction, Cambodia--History--1975-1979--Fiction, Cambodia--History--1975-1979--Juvenile fiction, Genocide--Fiction, Historical fiction, JUVENILE FICTION / Biographical / Other, JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Issues), JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Asia, Party of Democratic Kampuchea--Fiction, Soldiers--Fiction, Young adult fiction

Abstract:

Summary: Cambodian child soldier Arn Chorn-Pond defied the odds and used all of his courage and wits to survive the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge. 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 saves his life, but it puts 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 novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace,

Publication Language:

eng

Notes:

Lexile measure 710; Ages 13 and up; Historical fiction