• Every Falling Star

  • The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea
  • By: Sungju Lee, Susan McClelland
  • Narrated by: David Shih
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (227 ratings)

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Every Falling Star

By: Sungju Lee, Susan McClelland
Narrated by: David Shih
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Publisher's summary

Every Falling Star, the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, is the intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju, who is forced at age 12 to live on the streets and fend for himself. To survive, Sungju creates a gang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging, and stealing rides on cargo trains. Sungju richly recreates his scabrous story, depicting what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang, his "brothers"; to be hungry and to fear arrest, imprisonment, and even execution. This riveting memoir allows young listeners to learn about other cultures where freedoms they take for granted do not exist.

©2016 Sungju Lee (P)2016 Tantor

Critic reviews

"A pampered son of the elite survives a nightmarish ordeal in this page-turner of a memoir." ( Kirkus)

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