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
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.
This is a really good book. My ten year old daughter and I both enjoyed it.Published 1 month ago by Nicole Dionne Cannon
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.Published 16 months ago by Chris Pennell
The story is a quick read yet gives the reader a true understanding of the peoples struggles to stay alive physically and mentally.Published 17 months ago by Shirl M.
I have visited the Killing Fields in Cambodia and found it very emotional. This is just one of the many of the untold storiesPublished 23 months ago by Jan
This was a good book and really took me into their world.....throughout the book tho I wanted more depth of the stories....Published on July 28, 2013 by Cheryl Houston