Never Fall Down

Never Fall Down

A Novel

Streaming Audiobook - 2012
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2012.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062132697
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (6hr., 02 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Ocampo, Ramon de
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Jun 18, 2014

This book is a through story of Arn-pond when he was living in C Cambodia. He was 11 years old smart boy. Droped out of school because his family couldn't afford his school fees . He came from middle income family of two sisters and a brother.His both parent died as a curse of a civil war that broke out in his country. A group of unknown solders came to their village abducted them,forced them into child solder.He is such outstanding talent.He played soccer, Volleyball and Pianos. His remarkable talent in playing piano made him famous and saved his life.It was his talent and his popularity that brought him to United State of America where he lived and study at a university. Despite all,

Nov 05, 2013

Maybe it's better in print. I didn't like it & quit before end of first chapter.


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Oct 05, 2014

sw80957 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 15


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