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Alive in the Killing Fields: Surviving the Khmer Rouge Genocide Hardcover – October 13, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books; 1 edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142630515X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426305153
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 6 Up—At age nine, Keat was rousted from his bed by Khmer Rouge soldiers. After savagely murdering most of his family, they shot him three times and left him for dead. Miraculously, he survived, only to spend the next few years fighting for his life and running from the Khmer Rouge along with his remaining family members. Eventually, he and his siblings made their way to a refugee camp where his older sister bought his freedom. In this memoir, written with the assistance of his college professor, Keat paints a poignant portrait of life as a child in Cambodia in the 1970s. His skills, cunning, and sheer will to survive enabled him to endure devastating occurrences and difficult living conditions. The story is not for the faint of heart, as suffering torture at the hands of soldiers, subsisting solely off of rice chaff, and being forced to sleep among human remains are only some of the atrocities he suffered. Keat's story is compelling and concise, and readers will find themselves invested in his eventual escape.—Kelly McGorray, Glenbard South High School, Glen Ellyn, IL END

About the Author

Nawuth Keat survived the horrors of war in Cambodia, escaped to Thailand, and came to the U.S. as a teen. Now an American citizen, he understands what freedom means. He lives with his wife and children in Hollister, CA.

Martha E. Kendall has written several nonfiction books for children including National Geographic’s The Erie Canal. Kendall attended the Eastman School of Music, where she studied the cello. She sings and plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar, penny whistle, and bass. She lives in Los Gatos, CA.

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His mother said they were "poor uneducated peasants, thieves, drunks, and fugitives" and the family had to be on their guard at all times because no one knew when they would arrive in Salatrave. Bunpah, or "Mop" as his family nicknamed him, was only nine years old and really didn't understand what the Khmer Rouge was. Their leader, Pol Pot, and his band of thugs would raid Cambodian villages and kill with no rhyme or reason, claiming they were "saviors." They came one night and the family began to run in the darkness, but their unsuccessful flight got them nowhere. Mop was shot three times and later claimed that a ditch quickly "filled with my family's blood." He survived, but would he ever really live again?

Mop and a few surviving family members had to struggle to survive under thumbs of the men dressed in black. He survived his painful wounds, but he claimed that his "misery was just beginning." In order to forget the graphic memory of his mother and baby sister's deaths he had to keep repeating to himself, "Do not think about it. Do not think about it," but the memories would not go away. He was quickly turned into a slave for these madmen. Working in the rice fields relentlessly day after day began to physically take its toll on Mop and his siblings. If starvation didn't take his people the Khmer Rouge were more than willing to help them out. The people struggling in the rice paddies knew that "anyone who complained would be shot or beaten to death with a hammer or hoe." Would any of them survive to tell their story or would they all be buried in the killing fields?

This very graphic, sobering story of a young boy's efforts to survive during the reign of the Khmer Rouge was stunning. Once I picked up this book I didn't set it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Brooks on October 5, 2012
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This is a very personal account of the Khmer Rouge but not the most detailed I have read. Survival in the Killing Fields by Haing Ngor is by far the most gripping, detailed and graphic account that I have read. This book is worth reading but I would recommend the other book first. This way you will have a firm background as to what was going on in the country at the time and what it was like to be displaced from the city.
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By Chris Pennell on April 17, 2014
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Would not recommend as very disjointed and poor writing. Did not flow or give a good story. I remember the film and that was fantastic. This was disappointing.
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By Shirl M. on March 24, 2014
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The story is a quick read yet gives the reader a true understanding of the peoples struggles to stay alive physically and mentally.
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By Jan on September 8, 2013
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I have visited the Killing Fields in Cambodia and found it very emotional. This is just one of the many of the untold stories
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