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Never Fall Down (edition 2012)

by Patricia McCormick

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Title:Never Fall Down
Authors:Patricia McCormick
Info:Balzer Bray (2012), Hardcover, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:war, refugee, cambodia, family, concentration camp, thailand, vietnam, 1970s, 1980s, historical fiction, survival

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Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

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This is an incredibly powerful and emotional book, and difficult to read. Not because of the way it is written, but because of the horrific circumstances, brutality and torture that the Cambodian people had to face under the Khmer Rouge. Based on true events, eleven year old, Arn Chorn is taken from his home, separated from his family and has to witness, and some times be involved in, tragedies that no child should have to endure. Yet, despite everything Arn manages to keep his compassion, humanity and survival skills alive. Narrated in Arn's own distinctive voice, broken English, grammatical mistakes and all (a brilliant move by the author), this is an inspirational book and one that will remain with the reader long after the last page has been read. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 22, 2016 |
This is an incredibly powerful and emotional book, and difficult to read. Not because of the way it is written, but because of the horrific circumstances, brutality and torture that the Cambodian people had to face under the Khmer Rouge. Based on true events, eleven year old, Arn Chorn is taken from his home, separated from his family and has to witness, and some times be involved in, tragedies that no child should have to endure. Yet, despite everything Arn manages to keep his compassion, humanity and survival skills alive. Narrated in Arn's own distinctive voice, broken English, grammatical mistakes and all (a brilliant move by the author), this is an inspirational book and one that will remain with the reader long after the last page has been read. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 22, 2016 |
This is an incredibly powerful and emotional book, and difficult to read. Not because of the way it is written, but because of the horrific circumstances, brutality and torture that the Cambodian people had to face under the Khmer Rouge. Based on true events, eleven year old, Arn Chorn is taken from his home, separated from his family and has to witness, and some times be involved in, tragedies that no child should have to endure. Yet, despite everything Arn manages to keep his compassion, humanity and survival skills alive. Narrated in Arn's own distinctive voice, broken English, grammatical mistakes and all (a brilliant move by the author), this is an inspirational book and one that will remain with the reader long after the last page has been read. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 22, 2016 |
Brutal story based on the real life events of a young boy forced to become a child soldier for the Khmer Rouge. Very violent and disturbing. ( )
  saillergirl | Jan 18, 2016 |
RGG: Powerful graphic memoir novel depicting an horrific period and especially its impact on children. The syntax is a bit awkward, which McCormick provides a reason for at the end. And it might have been useful for Arn's behavior at the end to have been ascribed to PTSD. Because of the depiction of the subject matter and the style of the prose, this is a read for older students. Reading Interest: 14-YA.
  rgruberhighschool | Apr 10, 2015 |
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And I know then I have power. Power from playing the khim and leading the other singer. Power from also being a dancer. Power from being a little bit a star in the show. I feel big with this power--tall, not like little kid--like right now I just stop Siv from probably dying. No one here talks back to the Khmer Rouge, no one challenge them. But maybe I can now. (end of chapter 5)
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