- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 13, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419721321
- ISBN-13: 978-1419721328
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea Hardcover – September 13, 2016
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Gr 6–9—Lee pens his harrowing journey from one of North Korea's city elite to a homeless and hungry vagrant. Lee, an only child, grew up comfortably in the nation's capital of Pyongyang because his father was a well-respected member of the military. Yet with no warning, the boy and his parents were deported to the countryside. Lee, who had known only the strict rituals and decorum of Pyongyang, was initially horrified by life in Gyeong-seong. Mass hunger, public executions, and unemployment were rampant—a stark contrast to the propaganda Lee had been taught his whole life. Forced by starvation, Lee's parents left him in search of commerce or emigration. He fended for himself for almost five years. His struggle is chronicled in a tightly written first-person narrative. Lee would eventually lead a gang of boys who lived by their wiles, stealing just enough to survive. The tension that runs throughout the narrative is somewhat alleviated by the mere existence of the work. Lee provides a summary of the history of Korea and the politics of the famine in North Korea, achieving a great balance between historical context and storytelling. Lee incorporates Korean words throughout the text and defines them with a pronunciation guide in the back matter. VERDICT An excellent inside look at childhood in poverty that will resonate with middle schoolers.—Amy Thurow, New Glarus School District, WI
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This book is excellent and shows you how hard the people of North Korea have it and how we as the rest of the free world need to help and pray for their freedom. This book is a MUST read. Thank you Susan McClelland for your assistance in helping Sungju Lee.
My hear hurts for the North Korean people. This book has pushed me to do more, research more, and pray harder for them.
Sungju Lee is an incredible person, who lived through horrors, yet turned it all towards trying to make the world a better place. His humbleness is remarkable and I send out a prayer that he finds that one last thing he's desperately seeking.
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My knowledge of life in North Korea is that it is not enviable, and Lee's memoir shed even more light on what "not...Read more