Book of the Month | November
Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland
Every Falling Star, the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, is the intense memoir of a NorthKorean 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.
Available as an ebook and audio book on Sora.