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Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea

Title

Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea

Publisher

Amulet Books

Publication Year

2016

ISBN

9781419721328

Pages

314 pages

Genre

memoir

Format

full length

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

6-8, 9-12

Lexile Measure

880L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Homelessness; Poverty; homeless child; homeless family; impoverished community

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

Asian (North Korean)

Family Formation

orphan

Awards

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

Keywords

gang; thieving; fighting; begging; North Korea; exile; drugs; alcohol; survival; Kim Il-sung

Diversity Impact

direct

Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea


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