Never Fall Down: A Novel

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Never Fall Down: A Novel

by Patricia Mccormick

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | December 12, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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When soldiers arrive in 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."

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.13 × 5.38 × 0.54 in

Published: December 12, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061730955

ISBN - 13: 9780061730955

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Never Fall Down: A Novel

by Patricia Mccormick

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.13 × 5.38 × 0.54 in

Published: December 12, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061730955

ISBN - 13: 9780061730955

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When soldiers arrive in 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."

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"A gripping account of the inner turmoil of a child soldier." (New York Times Book Review)
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