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Every falling star : how I survived and escaped North Korea / by Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland.

Lee, Sungju. (Author). McClelland, Susan. (Added Author).


"This is YA nonfiction. It's the memoir of a boy named Sungju who grew up in North Korea and, at the age of twelve, was forced to live on the streets and fend for himself after his parents disappeared. Finally, after years of being homeless and living with a gang, Sungju is reunited with his maternal grandparents and, eventually, his father"-- Provided by publisher.
"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 twelve 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 re-creates 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 readers to learn about other cultures where freedoms they take for granted do not exist"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781419721328
  • ISBN: 1419721321
  • Physical Description: xvii, 314 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2016.

Content descriptions

Target Audience Note:
880L Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR MG+ 5.9 12 184101.
Subject: Lee, Sungju > Childhood and youth > Juvenile literature.
Lee, Sungju > Family > Juvenile literature.
Boys > Korea (North) > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Homeless boys > Korea (North) > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Street children > Korea (North) > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Survival > Korea (North) > Juvenile literature.
Korea (North) > History > 1994-2011 > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Korea (North) > Social conditions > Juvenile literature.

Available copies

  • 4 of 5 copies available at Missouri Evergreen.


  • 1 current hold with 5 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Jefferson County Library-Arnold TBIO LEE (Text) 30061040060044 Teen Biography Available -
Jefferson County Library-Windsor JBIO LEE (Text) 30065010086657 Juvenile Biography Available -
Little Dixie - Main Library - Moberly 951.9305 LEE (Text) 2003912150 Non-Fiction Shelves Available -
Scenic Regional-Hermann YA 951.93 LEE (Text) 3005496996 Young Adult NonFiction In transit -
Stone County-Crane YB Lee (Text) 31358001072136 YA Non Fiction Available -

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