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"Laura Wagner has managed to get a huge amount of Haiti into the pages of this book: the sun, the rain, the bottomless spiral of catastrophe, rage, despair and indomitable hope." —Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls' Rising: A Novel of Haiti

 

"In Haiti they say 'Kreyòl pale, Kreyòl konprann.' Speak plainly and honestly, and be understood. Laura Wagner does just that in this brave, beautiful book, bringing us the complex life of Magdalie, and a glimpse of a people's soul." —Jonathan M. Katz, author of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

 

"Haiti, already one of the poorest countries in the world, was devastated by the earthquake in 2010. This is a story of everything that comes after: from a candid depiction of the international response to a young girl’s account of what a life of desperation can do to an individual and to a society. Magdalie’s journey shows the importance of connections, of family and friends, during difficult times and the anguish that comes when those bonds are broken. In her debut novel, Laura Rose Wagner has managed to capture the devastation of loss while providing determined hope for the individual and the nation. An important read for anyone who wishes to better understand the reality of life in Haiti after the earthquake." —Ophelia Dahl, executive director of Partners in Health

 

Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go follows the vivid story of two teenage cousins, raised as sisters, who survive the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. After losing the woman who raised them in the tragedy, Magdalie and Nadine must fend for themselves in the aftermath of the quake. The girls are inseparable, making the best of their new circumstances in a refugee camp with an affectionate, lively camaraderie, until Nadine, whose father lives in Miami, sends for her but not Magdalie. As she leaves, Nadine makes a promise she cannot keep: to bring Magdalie to Miami, too. Resourceful Magdalie focuses her efforts on a reunion with Nadine until she realizes her life is in Haiti, and that she must embrace its possibilities for love, friendship, and a future.

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"McCormick (Purple Heart) again tackles a horrifying subject with grace while unsentimentally portraying the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia's killing fields. Not unlike Linda Sue Park's A Long Walk to Water, this novel is based on a real person, Arn Chorn Pond, who was 11 years old at the time of the country's Communist revolution. Arn's narration balances a palpable and constant sense of fear, starvation, and humiliation with his will to survive. Doing so involves great moral compromises, bravery, and a capacity for love and friendship despite the nightmarish circumstances. McCormick divides the narrative into five periods: life before the revolution; in the camps, where Arn learns to play the music (which is used to disguise the noise of regular executions); his induction into the Khmer Rouge; his time in a refugee camp; and, finally, his transition to America. On how to survive, Arn observes, 'You show you care, you die. You show fear, you die. You show nothing, maybe you live.' While never shying from the ugliness and brutality of this genocide, McCormick crafts a powerful tribute to the human spirit. Ages 14 — up. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go follows the vivid story of two teenage cousins, raised as sisters, who survive the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. After losing the woman who raised them in the tragedy, Magdalie and Nadine must fend for themselves in the aftermath of the quake. The girls are inseparable, making the best of their new circumstances in a refugee camp with an affectionate, lively camaraderie, until Nadine, whose father lives in Miami, sends for her but not Magdalie. As she leaves, Nadine makes a promise she cannot keep: to bring Magdalie to Miami, too. Resourceful Magdalie focuses her efforts on a reunion with Nadine until she realizes her life is in Haiti, and that she must embrace its possibilities for love, friendship, and a future.

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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 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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About the Author

Patricia McCormick is a former journalist who has won much acclaim for her compassionate approach to hard-hitting subjects. To research Purple Heart, she traveled all around the country interviewing soldiers as well as the families of soldiers who went to Iraq and never returned.

Patricia is also the author of the National Book Award Finalist Sold and the bestseller Cut. She lives in New York City.

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Beverly B, July 22, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Never Fall Down is a horrifying book to read while also being impossible to put down. Thoroughly researched by acclaimed journalist Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down opens with Arn's last fun-filled days with his siblings and follows his experiences from his harrowing enslavement by the Khmer Rouge, to his forced participation in the army, his escape to Thailand and his adoption by an American family. Arn Chorn-Pond does not sanitize, gloss over or rationalize the reprehensible and heartbreaking things that happen to him or the things he is forced to do. He fights to hold on to his morals and his humanity, but comes to realize that his will to survive is stronger than his morals. He is a hero. He risks his life almost daily by stealing food to give to others who are close to death due to starvation. When he is forced to join the army, he fights to stay alive in hopes the brutal journey across Cambodia will bring him to his missing sisters. Four years later when he starts his new life in the USA, he is suffering from survivor's guilt and PTSD. Once again he makes an agonizing decision to survive even though he doesn't think he deserves a decent life. He ends up becoming an activist for peace and a national hero in Cambodia where he is working to improve lives and preserve their cultural heritage.
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Lilian Cheng, December 25, 2012 (view all comments by Lilian Cheng)
I'm surprised Never Fall Down hasn't received much attention despite being a National Book Award finalist. I suspect it's because of it's categorization as a young-adult historical/non-fiction that just doesn't sound as appealing against the host of dystopians cropping up lately. But Never Fall Down is a dystopian of its own, complete with information suppression, ruthless tyranny, moral ambiguities, twisted ideals, and a young hero's desperate fight to survive another day. Despite being a mere two hundred pages Never Fall Down is easily much more frightening than any dystopian you'll ever read because these horrifying events are real. Never Fall Down will terrify you, but its grit will pick you back up and leave you with a tear-stained cheek.

Arn, Redefining Badass (This Kid Really Knows How To Survive)
Arn's strength is soul of the entire book. How he adapts to his circumstances to survive while other kids are either sabotaging their peers or waiting to die is nothing short of incredible. He witnesses the ugliness of humanity, yet still retains a modicum of sympathy. Despite being hungry, he hides food to feed his friends (And also as a bribe.) Despite all the killing he witnesses (and is responsible for,) we also see him conflicted over his morality, asking himself why he is evil.

Gore, More Blood Than A Horror Novel:
There were some very graphic passages (cannibalism, prisoners having their livers cut out, etc.) that I felted tested the limits of Young Adult literature. Going into this book, I expected something milder, along the lines of Lois Lowry's Number the Stars, where genocide was only hinted at and never described in excruciating detail, but Never Fall Down opts for the realistic, unedited route. I fully agree with Never Fall Down's 14+ age categorization, for it is even bloodier than an your average adult horror novel.

Writing (Arn's Accent):
I realize that I'm usually impatient with accents in young adult literature (The Knife of Never Letting Go and Blood Red Road,) but it worked in Never Fall Down. The lack of plurals and clumsy grammar was convincing in letting Arn's voice shine through. I smiled when I read some passages out loud, which reminded me of the Filipino accents (although Arn is Cambodian) so common here in Hawaii.

Pacing:
My own gripe with this novel was the pacing. There were moments where I didn't know where the story was heading (especially after his escape to Thailand) and the book dragged as one horrifying experience after another.

Overall, a powerful, inspiring, and heart-wrenchingly raw novel that I won't forget anytime soon. I know I am guilty of straying away from painful, gritty real-world topics such as war, but sometimes these are the books I need to remind me that I'm fortunate to be literate, and not forced to plant rice on a empty stomach twenty hours a day while people around me are brutally murdered (and not even with a gun, because that would be "wasting bullets".) I urge you not to be intimidated and join Arn's journey.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061730931
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Mccormick, Patricia
Author:
McCormick, Patricia
Author:
Wagner, Laura Rose
Publisher:
Balzer + Bray
Subject:
Historical - Asia
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Subject:
People & Places - Central & South America
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120508
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "McCormick (Purple Heart) again tackles a horrifying subject with grace while unsentimentally portraying the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia's killing fields. Not unlike Linda Sue Park's A Long Walk to Water, this novel is based on a real person, Arn Chorn Pond, who was 11 years old at the time of the country's Communist revolution. Arn's narration balances a palpable and constant sense of fear, starvation, and humiliation with his will to survive. Doing so involves great moral compromises, bravery, and a capacity for love and friendship despite the nightmarish circumstances. McCormick divides the narrative into five periods: life before the revolution; in the camps, where Arn learns to play the music (which is used to disguise the noise of regular executions); his induction into the Khmer Rouge; his time in a refugee camp; and, finally, his transition to America. On how to survive, Arn observes, 'You show you care, you die. You show fear, you die. You show nothing, maybe you live.' While never shying from the ugliness and brutality of this genocide, McCormick crafts a powerful tribute to the human spirit. Ages 14 — up. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go follows the vivid story of two teenage cousins, raised as sisters, who survive the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. After losing the woman who raised them in the tragedy, Magdalie and Nadine must fend for themselves in the aftermath of the quake. The girls are inseparable, making the best of their new circumstances in a refugee camp with an affectionate, lively camaraderie, until Nadine, whose father lives in Miami, sends for her but not Magdalie. As she leaves, Nadine makes a promise she cannot keep: to bring Magdalie to Miami, too. Resourceful Magdalie focuses her efforts on a reunion with Nadine until she realizes her life is in Haiti, and that she must embrace its possibilities for love, friendship, and a future.
"Synopsis" by , 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 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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