Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea
The memoir of a boy named Sungju who grew up in North Korea and, at the age of twelve, was forced to live on the streets and fend for himself after his parents disappeared. Finally, after years of being homeless and living with a gang, Sungju is reunited with his maternal grandparents and, eventually, his father.
Family Relationships; Homelessness; Poverty; homeless child; homeless family; impoverished community
Asian (North Korean)
Bologna Ragazzi Award, 2017, Nominee, Fiction
Cybils Awards, 2016, Winner, Non-fiction (Middle Grade and Young Adult)
Parents' Choice Award, 2016, Silver, Non Fiction
Best Bets: Recommended Canadian Books for Teens, 2016 Young Adult Non-Fiction
Choices, 2017 Biography And Autobiography
Notable Books for a Global Society, 2017
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2017 Grades 9-12
gang; thieving; fighting; begging; North Korea; exile; drugs; alcohol; survival; Kim Il-sung
Lee, Sungju and McClelland, Susan, "Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea" (2016). Diverse Families. 461.