Every Falling Star

Every Falling Star

By Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland (Amulet, an imprint of ABRAMS)
  • Non-fiction
  • Set in North Korea

Keywords: politics, survival, friendship, resilience

A timely and gripping autobiographical account of a teenage boy in North Korea. An authentic view of the “inside” of North Korea, and the reality of the life of ordinary citizens living under a regime of severe political constraints that has isolated itself from the world. Students will gain a better understanding both of why some North Korean people support the regime as well as why others try to escape. Excellent non-fiction read for high school students.

Every Falling Star video with the author Sungju Lee

North Korea in the World from East-West Center and National Committee on North Korea

Korea Society in New York City lesson plans

Conflict on the Korean Peninsula: North Korea and the Nuclear Threat (Choices Program, Brown University)

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An Indies Introduce Selection of the American Booksellers Association

A Junior Library Guild Selection

2016 Parent’s Choice Award winner

2016 Cyblis Award Winner

2017 CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

2017 Notable Books for a Global Society

2018 Sakura Medal, nominee