Never Fall Down

Never Fall Down This National Book Award nominee from two time finalist Patricia McCormick is the unforgettable story of Arn Chorn Pond who defied the odds to survive the Cambodian genocide of and the labo

This National Book Award nominee from two time finalist Patricia McCormick is the unforgettable story of Arn Chorn Pond, who defied the odds to survive the Cambodian genocide of 1975 1979 and the labor camps of the Khmer Rouge.Based on the true story of Cambodian advocate Arn Chorn Pond, and authentically told from his point of view as a young boy, this is an achingly rawThis National Book Award nominee from two time finalist Patricia McCormick is the unforgettable story of Arn Chorn Pond, who defied the odds to survive the Cambodian genocide of 1975 1979 and the labor camps of the Khmer Rouge.Based on the true story of Cambodian advocate Arn Chorn Pond, and authentically told from his point of view as a young boy, this is an achingly raw and powerful historical novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace It includes an author s note and acknowledgments from Arn Chorn Pond himself.When soldiers arrive in his hometown, Arn is just a normal little boy 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 dying before his eyes 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.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, Arn is handed a gun and forced to become a soldier.Supports the Common Core State Standards.

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  1. Patricia McCormick is a journalist and writer She graduated from Rosemont College in 1978, followed by an M.S from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1986 and an M.F.A from New School University in 1999 Her first novel for teens was Cut, about a young woman who self injures herself This was followed by My Brother s Keeper in 2005, about a boy struggling with his brother s addiction and Sold in 2006 Her awards include the American Library Association Best Book of the Year, New York Public Library Best Book for the Teenaged and the Children s Literature Council s Choice She has written for The New York Times, Parents Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Ladies Home Journal, Town Country, More, Reader s Digest, Mademoiselle and other publications and has been an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and an instructor of creative writing at the New School University She lives in New York with two children, a husband and two cats.

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  1. I knew about a movie titled The Killing Fields for years, but never knew that the movie was about one of the world s worst genocidal atrocities This past summer I spent some time in both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Cambodia during a month long backpacking trip through Southeast Asia We went to the Killing Fields at the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and I walked around in a stunned silence as I listened to the audioguide in my ear describe what I was looking at The Killing Tree, where the Khmer Roug [...]

  2. general piece of advice to anyone who approaches the blank box with the intention of writing a pleasing to the eye review do not read one of mike reynolds reviews first it will make you walk away from the computer in utter discouragement arn chorn pond was a young child when the khmer rouge decided to unleash on cambodia a mayhem that resulted in the extermination of one quarter of the population notice that the khmer rouge were themselves cambodian since the book is told from arn s point of vie [...]

  3. Personally I think the Cambodian Genocide is an event that needs to be taught in schools in North America, not to scare kids, but to show them how some people survived, beat the odds and lived to share their story of this frightening 1970 s turmoil Never Fall Down is a fictional memoir based on true events and based on a real person, a boy who lived through the horrific years of the Pol Pot Regime It s disturbing, but well written and undeniably important.

  4. Part audiobook via overdrive app, part paperback You show you care, you die.You show you fear, you die.You show nothing, maybe you live Long time I been on my own, but now really I m alone I survive the killing, the starving, all the hate of the Khmer Rouge, but I think maybe now I will die of this, of broken heart All the time you fighting, you think only of how to survive All the time you survive, you wonder why you don t die But now my life can be something different Now, in America, I don t [...]

  5. As was true with her National Book Award finalist, Sold, Patricia McCormick uses her fiction writing skills and her journalistic writing ability to share a child victim s harrowing tale In this case it is Arn Chorn Pond, survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia Never Fall Down, named for one of the first things the captured boy learned to survive, travels the full arc of his experience, from the last days of normalcy before the Khmer Rouge takeover through the years of captivity, forced [...]

  6. The rich, they chase you if you steal their thiNgs Poor people, they the one who share.All the old clothes, our old lifE, one big pile, is on fire now And gone To live with nothing in your stomach and a gun in your face, is that liVing or is that dying a little bit every day Be like the grass BEnd low, bend low, then bend lower The wind blow one way, you blow that way.But now the Khmer Rouge, they win They kill my family in my mind.Death is just my daily liFe now.I let him die Because now I m A [...]

  7. This story was heart breaking It is based on a true story of a little boy who managed to survive the 1970 s genocide in Cambodia, many members of his family were not so lucky He learned harsh life lessons and used that knowledge to get him through some horrific trials The author is a journalist I thought that telling this story from the POV of a child was brilliant, even though it took me a bit of time to get used to the choppy pigeon English My thought is that maybe the pigeon English wasn t ne [...]

  8. Can t say that this was an easy read due to the horrific subject matter but it was a quick read and hard to put down It s quite hard to get used to, to start with, as it s written from a child s point of view and in pidgin English but the subject matter is extremely gruesome throughout It s based on a true story of a survivor of what happened in Cambodia whom the author extensively interviewed so is like a mixture between fact and fiction Very glad that I have read it despite the unsettling subj [...]

  9. I read this book Never Fall Down , It s a book about teenage Cambodia boy Arn who telling his story about running away from his home because of the war And he also lost his family while running away from war He did a lot bad thing and trying to be famous to protests himself from being killing.Thing that I like about this book is that very emotional book and interesting book I like this book because it kind like the type of my level reading And another thing that I like about this book is that I [...]

  10. As a child, I never imagined good people in the world In 1979, fourteen year old, Arn Chorn Pond, wandered into a United Nations camp on the border of Thailand He was adopted by a minister A year later, Arn Chorn, now Arn Chorn Pond was a New Hampshire high school student.In Patricia McCormick s newest release, we read about Arn Chorn Pond s experiences as an eleven year old in The Killing Fields Forced by Khmer Rouge soldiers to play their revolution songs, Arn must learn not only to play an in [...]

  11. Review by ShellyI have to say that I do not know a lot about Cambodia and the war that went on there so was fully engrossed from page one The book is written as Arn and takes on his speech patterns and language which did take me awhile to get used to but once I did it was like he was speaking to you through the pages and you went on his journey with him And what a journey it was Sometimes it was brutal and was very hard to read especially when it focussed on the children and how they were tortur [...]

  12. I could have probably finished this in one sitting However the story and the horrifying aspects of the crimes comitted by the Khmer Rouge made me stop reading once in a while I just wanted to put the book down now and then and think about what this must have meant for the people who had to live under this rulership What did it mean for the children, the mums, the rich, the poor, even the people who were part of this movement It is highly disturbing and yet so important to read about it I am real [...]

  13. 4 stars This is one of the most impactful memoirs I ve ever read Never Fall Down chronicles the true story of Arn Chorn Pond, a survivor of the communist revolution in Cambodia This revolution led to the deaths of around 1 4 Cambodia s population, a higher proportion of the population than almost any other genocide In terms of emotional impact, the book hits hard We see the journey from relative peace to constant violence firsthand here, and it s just as shocking as you d expect The writing styl [...]

  14. Never Fall Down attempts much but has obvious shortcomings Set durring 1970 s Cambodia, protaganist Arn is forced to leave his city and is seperated from his Family under the Cambodian militant group Khmer Rouge He eventually uses his talents to his advantage, but is forced to become a soldier McCormick attempts to be realistic and writes as Arn by using broken english, which wasn t as effective as she might have hoped Also, background details on the Khmer Rouge and genodcide in the time peroid [...]

  15. One day, Arn is a street wise child catching frogs, gambling a little, and sneaking into movies in his city in Cambodia Then, the Khmer Rouge took control of the country, forced Arn and all the citizens into work camps His life became defined by starvation, endless labor, and death Arn spent four years in the heart of what became known as The Killing Fields, surviving partly because of his skill as a musician and partly because he told himself just never fall down.Because it is told wholly in th [...]

  16. I dont know much about Cambodia, and the style of writing put me off to begin with However now that I can reflect on this book, it is a good basic knowledge of what it would have been like in the late 1970s in Cambodia There is violence and death but it is written from the point of view of a child, so the description is quite factual and not grotesque I want sure how this novel would conclude, but it was dealt with very well.

  17. McCormick writes a novelized version of Arn Chorn Pond, who defied the odds to survive the Cambodian genocide of 1975 1979 and the labor camps of the Khmer Rouge Somehow Arn manages to ingratiate himself with others, first through music and then through volleyball The story is heart wrenching and very brutal violent life was cheap in Southeast Asia in the mid 1970s I did not really like the pidgin English used either.

  18. Yazar n di er kitab nda da oldu u gibi hem nefret etti im hem de ok sevdi im bir kitap oldu bu da Nefret etmi olma sebebi Amerika n n gere inden fazla v lmesi D nya zerinde yapt klar n n sebebinin iyilik olmad n gayet iyi biliyoruz Ama bunu ge ersek Kambo ya da ya anan bir vah eti ok arp c bir ekilde anlat yor Amerika mevzusunu umursamadan okuman z tavsiye ederim.

  19. loved it from start to finish, an amazing comfort read but still contains many places to take notes and dig deeper.

  20. My Review Arn Chorn Pond is only 11 years old In his town of Battambang, Cambodia the people come out at night and make music Music is everywhere Rich people and poor people alike congregate together and play radios, record players and eight track cassettes In Arn s town, music is like air, always there The men and ladies stroll through the park to catch the newest songs Men play cards while ladies sell mangoes, noodles, wristwatches and other wares Kids fly kites and eat ice cream, it s a happy [...]

  21. Originally posted to Bookish Book Blog YA and Adult Book Reviews, Author Interviews, Guest Posts, Giveaways and news ___ Never Fall Down was one absolutely devastating read I was not prepared for its searing authenticity and intensely emotional message it took me by surprise, broke my heart to pieces and left me drained and breathless, but also very satisfied and enriched Reading this book was an experience like no other Profoundly harrowing and cathartic, Never Fall Down tells a true story of A [...]

  22. Richie s Picks NEVER FALL DOWN by Patricia McCormick, HarperCollins Balzer Bray, May 2012, 224p ISBN 978 0 06 173093 1 With their hearts they turned to each other s heart for refuge Jackson Browne, Before the Deluge The Khmer Rouge, they want the name, the background of everyone here But the Khmer Rouge themself, they all the same All black uniform All grim face All name Comrade Comrade Soldier Comrade Elder Comrade Cook In my mind, I give them names The one who steal is Comrade Wristwatch And t [...]

  23. The usual questions driving personal reviews did you like this book what did you like not like about it why did or didn t you must, I feel, be dispensed with in this case There are two questions I do feel are worth asking First, is the book worthwhile of its topic And the answer of course is yes To explain the question, however, let me say that I hesitated to begin reading this, confused and not sure exactly how the book would unfold was it fiction or non fiction Why was it written by an America [...]

  24. It seems as if Patricia McCormick intended on having her book pull her readers in by some of the very emotional things happening to the main character Arn, but in some cases she pushed her readers away Throughout most of her book she kept her readers guessing and wondering what would happen next to Arn, making you not want to put it down Arn Chorn Pond is the main character of this historical fiction book who lived and survived his life through the Cambodian Genocide It really demonstrates the s [...]

  25. It took me quite a while to get used to the voice of Arn, the main character, a Cambodian boy who has been taken and forced to work in the country during the Cambodian genocide under the watchful gazes of the Khmer Rouge During the four years he spent working, playing music, and trying to keep himself alive, he was separated from his aunt and siblings and tried to form relationships, but with so much death and destruction, many of these relationships ended in death For a young boy, this was trag [...]

  26. Arn isn t satisfied with being ordinary He s always striving to become just a little bit famous When the Khmer Rouge march into his city and order all of the citizens to march out, this is the only element of Arn s life that doesn t change.Separated from his aunt, his sisters, and ultimately everyone Arn can remember from his previous life, he is forced to work the rice fields of Cambodia To pretend he doesn t know about the bodies piling up behind the Mango Grove And eventually, to play music t [...]

  27. Really powerful and horrifying book I read Chanrithy Him s When Broken Glass Floats Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge a couple years ago, so I had an idea of what to expect from this book, but the knowing didn t make the reading any easier Though at first I had a little trouble with the dialect, I quickly got used to it, and for the most part, it stayed consistent enough that I completely forgot about it in the midst of Arn s story I think Patricia McCormick has done a fantastic job of translatin [...]

  28. I listened to this story through Overdrive The reason I picked this book is because I was intrigued by a character in another novel.Trouble by Gary Schmidt A Cambodian immigrant Chay Chouan who accidentally kills an affluent teen The town is racist against the Cambodian immigrants, as a result Chay and his family are hated on Never Fall Down is a memoir of a Cambodian refugee who at a very young age was forced to fight for the Khmer Rouge, a Cambodian communist guerrilla faction Arm is resilient [...]

  29. I know very little about the Cambodian genocide of 1975 1979 and the labor camps of the Khmer Rouge But the horror and awful things humans will do to other humans sometimes it s just too much to believe But this is an important story and should be told Although it s hard to read, although it breaks your heart it s important for that very reason We should remind ourselves what others have done and remember the horror so we never let it happen again.This is an amazing story told from the POV of a [...]

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