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Never Fall Down: A Novel (edition 2012)

by Patricia Mccormick

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Title:Never Fall Down: A Novel
Authors:Patricia Mccormick
Info:Balzer & Bray (2012), Hardcover, 288 pages
Collections:Ebooks
Rating:****
Tags:cambodia, 1970s, 1980s, genocide, child soldier, war, refugees, survival, young adult, fiction, tpl, ebook

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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 |
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 |
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.
  rgruberexcel | Apr 10, 2015 |
This powerful book is based on the true story of a young Cambodian boy, Arn Chorn-Pond, whose life changed in a flash as the reign of the Khmer Rouge overtook his family and life. Arn survived the genocide, but in doing so, witnessed and committed some heinous acts against humanity. This is the story of how an innocent child can become a child soldier... and then make the journey back to bringing peace to one's homeland. (In that way, it reminded me of "A Long Way Gone" by Ishmael Beah.) The way this book is written captures the broken and accented English of Arn, which pulls the reader in to his harsh reality. After reading this book, I was inspired to learn more about the real Arn by watching a documentary featuring him and his efforts to revive musical heritage of Cambodia that was nearly destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. ( )
  AllieEG | Nov 2, 2014 |
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At night in our town, it's music everywhere.
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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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EIN JUGENDROMAN ÜBER DIE SCHRECKENSHERRSCHAFT DER ROTEN KHMER IN KAMBODSCHA
Als Arn Chorn Pond noch ein Junge ist, übernimmt das radikale kommunistische Regime der Roten Khmer die Macht in Kambodscha. Es folgt ein schrecklicher Völkermord, dem zwei Millionen Menschen zum Opfer fallen – ein Viertel der gesamten Bevölkerung.
Arn hat überlebt. Doch der Preis dafür war hoch. Denn er ist selbst zum Täter geworden. Und es ist ihm schwer gefallen, den Tiger in seinem Herzen zu bändigen.
Schonungslos und brutal erzählt Patricia McCormick von den Killing Fields. Es braucht nachhaltig beeindruckende Bücher wie dieses, um aufzuzeigen, zu welchen Grausamkeiten Menschen fähig sind und welche Fehler sich niemals wiederholen dürfen.
VERÄNDERE DIE WELT, INDEM DU DIE WAHRHEIT SAGST!
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