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Every Falling Star: The true story of how I survived and escaped North Korea

Author: Sungju Lee
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ISBN: 9781419723810
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Every Falling Star is the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, is the intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who was 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 recreates his scabrous story, depicting what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang, 'his brothers', to daily 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. Read More

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5 Star Review Sungju’s story shows that dystopian settings don’t just exist in fictional locales of the future. Every Falling Star encourages the reader to leave the comfort of their home and examine the cruelty that exists beyond their – possibly narrow and limited – sphere of experience. Read on >

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This was a great read. A real eye-opener for understanding North Korea. My dad loved it and read it and so did my mum! Review by
(Posted on 14/12/2016)