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Alive in the Killing Fields: Surviving the Khmer Rouge Genocide Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
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This is a really good book. My ten year old daughter and I both enjoyed it.Published 13 months ago by Nicole Dionne Cannon
I am in Cambodia, I would like to understand Cambodian. It is good way to understand them by reading their books. Read morePublished 14 months ago by fisherlam
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 on April 17, 2014 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 on March 24, 2014 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 on September 8, 2013 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
I have always heard about the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge, but never actually read such a detailed description and account of it. Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Gabrielle R. St.Ives