by Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland - £7.99 Abrams (2016)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781419723810 | ISBN 10: 1419723812
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.
(Price & availability last checked: October 2016)