Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Never Fall Down Hardcover – May 8, 2012
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
“While never shying from the ugliness and brutality of this genocide, McCormick crafts a powerful tribute to the human spirit.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Powerfully, hauntingly unforgettable.” (Booklist (starred review))
“This compelling chronicle deserves to be widely read, discussed, and reflected upon by a generation of young people who may be largely unaware of this dark chapter in world history.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review))
“A gripping account of the inner turmoil of a child soldier.” (New York Times Book Review)
“McCormick’s novel is one that needs to be read.” (The Horn Book)
“One of the most inspiring and powerful books I’ve ever read. Never Fall Down can teach us all about finding the courage to speak our truth and change the world.” (Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
“Following the pattern of excellence McCormick began with her novel SOLD, she has created another amazing story through skilled and patient research.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (starred review))
“Arn Chorn Pond is a fast-talking dynamo with endless energy and zest for life. In Never Fall Down, Patricia McCormick captures brilliantly the man, his heart, and his passion to make Cambodia and our world a better place for all. Arn’s against-all-odds survival story and McCormick’s crisp prose gripped me from the first page to the very end.” (Loung Ung, bestelling author of First They Killed My Father, and Lucky Child)
Praise for PURPLE HEART: “In this suspenseful psychological thriller…McCormick raises moral questions without judgment and will have readers examining not only this conflict but the nature of heroism and war.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
Praise for PURPLE HEART: “McCormick builds the plot subtly and carefully with rich, spare prose.” (Kirkus Reviews)
From the Back Cover
When soldiers arrive at his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock 'n' roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice cream with his brother. But after the soldiers march the entire population into the countryside, his life is changed forever. Arn is separated from his family and assigned to a labor camp: working in the rice paddies under a blazing sun, he sees the other children, weak from hunger, malaria, or sheer exhaustion, dying before his eyes. He sees prisoners marched to a nearby mango grove, never to return. And he learns to be invisible to the sadistic Khmer Rouge, who can give or take away life on a whim.
One day, the soldiers ask if any of the kids can play an instrument. Arn's never played a note in his life, but he volunteers. In order to survive, he must quickly master the strange revolutionary songs the soldiers demand—and steal food to keep the other kids alive. This decision will save his life, but it will pull him into the very center of what we know today as the Killing Fields. And just as the country is about to be liberated from the Khmer Rouge, Arn is handed a gun and forced to become a soldier. He lives by the simple credo: Over and over I tell myself one thing: never fall down.
Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, this is an achingly raw and powerful novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace, from National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
For anyone interested in this topic, I highly recommend this beautifully crafted and truly vivid, wrenching account.
This is a true account about a boy who has his family, friends and innocence torn from him; and his amazing ability to survive despite all that was taken. Arn is brave to present his life like this to the world. He exposes the good bad and ugly; giving us unabashedly the full story of what it was like to survive this horror. He also teaches us that fixing the world happens one person at a time. Everyone should take the time to read this novel...
I was familiar with the general outline of Arn's story from an alumni magazine; we attended a school in common, though not at the same time. That influenced me to buy and preview this book for my son, along with the fact that I lived in SE Asia during that time period and remember well the horrifying early pictures out of Cambodia in "Time" magazine that began to illustrate the tragic scope of what had happened.
This morning I read that Anne Frank's stepsister urges survivors to talk about the aftermath of survival; i.e. the complications of surviving in peacetime, when no one wants to hear about the nightmares. I felt that this was only lightly addressed here (obviously this is a book intended for young adults), but is an important story that I hope either Arn himself, or the author, will follow up on.