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  • Published: 2 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9780552567350
  • Imprint: Corgi Childrens
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $19.99
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Never Fall Down




A powerful novel about a young boy who survives the Killing Fields in Cambodia. Endorsed by Desmond Tutu.

Eleven-year-old Arn is walking through the countryside in Cambodia. His whole town is walking with him. They’re walking into one of the most tragic moments of history: the Killing Fields.

Music will save him. Hope, luck and kindness will save him. This is his story.

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.

  • Pub date: 2 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9780552567350
  • Imprint: Corgi Childrens
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Patricia McCormick

PATRICIA MCCORMICK is a former journalist who has won much acclaim for her compassionate approach to hard-hitting subjects. Patty lives in New York with her family. You can visit her online at www.pattymccormick.com.

ARN CHORN-POND regularly gives talks about his experiences. He founded Children of War, an organization that helps children held hostage by war and violence. He is the recipient of Reebok Human Rights Award, Amnesty International Human Rights Award, the Kohl Foundation International Peace Prize, and the Spirit of Anne Frank Outstanding Citizen Award.


Praise for Never Fall Down

“As the story unfolds from atrocity to anguish it gains momentum until, in its final chapters, it becomes a gripping account of the inner turmoil of a child soldier.”

New York Times

“One of the most inspiring and powerful books I've ever read. NEVER FALL DOWN can teach us all about finding the courage to speak our truth and change the world.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“Once again, McCormick has delivered a heartrending exposé of human tragedy. The natural syntax and grammar of Arn’s narration imbues his story with a stunning simplicity and clarity against a backdrop of political chaos, terror, and death. This compelling story will awaken compassion and activism in secondary readers.”

School Library Journal

“Throughout his ordeal, as Arn turns from captive to child soldier to refugee, he speaks in the imperfect cadences of the English he only learned years later. It's a wise narrative choice: Telling Arn's story this way creates a sense of foreignness that feels right, and gives rise to the accidental poetry of faulty translation.”

The Wall Street Journal


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