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Publisher's Summary

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

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"A pampered son of the elite survives a nightmarish ordeal in this page-turner of a memoir." ( Kirkus)

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  • Janis Creason
  • 2016-09-17

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.

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  • Martha S
  • 2020-11-29

Will help you appreciate your freedom

My daughters teacher required students to read this book in middle school. My lovely daughter Miah then said mom you should read this book it’s very eye opening. Of course I haven’t “read” a book in so long so I thought ok, I’ll do it! I NEVER knew a country could be so horrific. There were many feelings upon listening to this story. My goodness, one thing is for certain, I will never again complain about my so called “ruined childhood” mine was a paradise in comparison. I’m grateful for this read and Sungju sharing his story. Ill pray for the oppressed people who are victims of such a terrible ruler and hope they find a way to freedom.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-11

I great book

I wasn't hard to Finnish at all. I loved this book and I want to read more books in general. the best part for me was when yum-bum died even though I didn't experience it in person it made me have a tier in my eye. I recommend this book to every one

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  • Sylvanril
  • 2021-09-26

Touching, inspiring and gave me perspective

We are blessed in so many ways
listening to his journey allowed me to consider how fortunate we are living in the USA.

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  • J. Taylor
  • 2021-08-05

Fascinating story

I found this book to be so interesting. It is hard to believe that people live this way, and that it's happening now--not ages ago. You can learn how a repressive government changes people's thinking as well as their opportunities for a "good" life. I really wanted good outcomes for the characters, especially knowing that they are real people.

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  • Zoe Chance
  • 2021-07-06

The best written and most engaging NK memoir I’ve read

This is probably the 10th NK memoir I’ve read, ABD it’s my favorite. The target audience is young adults, but there’s nothing babyish about it. Great storytelling and characters. And unlike many other defector memoirs, this book contains a lot of hope. And the author is a real star -He’s now a Fullbright scholar getting a PhD and also helping other refugees escape. Impressive and inspiring.

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  • 2021-07-05

it's great one of my top 10 favorite books

how could you say the story is wrong if it's a true story. the performance was great. you could tell the diefefences in voices and the Korean words were pronounced right. overall a great book I recomend it.

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  • REBECCA WINDLEY
  • 2021-03-10

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this book was wonderful. this is a must read book. a wonderful narrator and a wonderful author

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  • Ross Williamson
  • 2020-11-24

GREAT STORY

Great story of personal heroisim, faith and love. So sad people are forced to live in that world and miss out on all the joys in life.

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  • Jeanne DeShazer
  • 2020-05-06

The most moving memoir I've ever read. 5 Stars

At times, painful, I watched this boy's life from innocent and privileged Pyongyang child of a military officer, to hardened street gang member. And then his heart returns. Beautiful.