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|DOWNLOAD PDF ♱ Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea ♵ 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

7 thoughts on “Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea

  1. global gilroy global gilroy says:

    A well written and very moving narrative There are several recent books published telling stories of woe from North Korea Every Falling Star leads the pack A vivid account and a must read, especially for those that have little knowledge of this remote and recluse country and the hardships average citizens are experiencing On a recent visit to South Korea, I gazed north across the DMZ into North Korea territory and for a westerner, it is so hard to assimilate that events like this occurred and are probably still occurring An intense account and highly recommended material.

  2. Felixcat Felixcat says:

    What a story! A boy brought up in a privileged Pyongyang family, who was told 'we are going on vacation' to be whisked into the impoverished world caused by the famine Abandoned by his parents, bullied by his school colleagues and starving to death, he was forced to fend for himself, by establishing a gang where he led a life of opium, fighting and stealing Moving from place to place, he and his 'brothers' (other members of the gang) had to fight and flee and living at dark and dingy train stations Worse, two of his 'brothers' were murdered, one in a fight and another by the hand of red guards All the time our hero was looking for his missing parents, even his home was occupied by strangers, so he was forced to flee Eventually at the age of sixteen, his grandfather found him at a station, which led to a chain of events ending with a flight to South Korea, via China and a reunion with his father His mother, sadly remained missing A very ...

  3. Telefoto Telefoto says:

    A truly harrowing story of a young North Korean boy whose parents abandoned him in their search for food during the Arduous March of the 1990's in which hundreds of thousands died of starvation For four years Sungju was forced to become a street kid (Kotjebi), living and sleeping rough on village streets outside Pyongyang.He formed his own gang of similar kids who only managed to survive by stealing food and their basis necessities from street markets or by fighting off other Kotjebi and stealing their food and clothes Once you begin reading Sungju's account, you will not be able to put it down His story, however, does end on a positive note.

  4. Russell Bond Russell Bond says:

    Having read a number of similar books about North Korea this one stands out as worth a read It has a similar undertone to some of the others but is well written.

  5. Julie Julie says:

    Currently reading this novel with my teenage son and we are both in awe One of the most harrowing yet inspiring coming of age story we've ever come across and beautifully written A writer to be reckoned with.

  6. Phoebe Phoebe says:

    This was the 11th book on North Korea and its defectors I've read, and it's one of the ones that has really stayed with me Inbetween reads, this book and the people in it were all that were on my mind Incredibly gripping, and incredibly insightful to the lives of gang members in North Korea that hasn't been touched upon in other books of this subject I'd absolutely recommend it to anyone and everyone I know.

  7. linda mcgookin linda mcgookin says:

    I couldn't put this book down, I travelled every mile with the author , I felt I experienced every tear with him , truly inspirational.