Never Fall Down

Never Fall Down


When soldiers arrive at his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock 'n' roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice cream with his brother. 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, weak from hunger, malaria, or sheer exhaustion, dying before his eyes. He sees prisoners marched to a nearby mango grove, never to return. And he learns to be invisible to the sadistic Khmer Rouge, who can give or take away life on a whim.

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. In order to survive, he must quickly master the strange revolutionary songs the soldiers demand—and steal food to keep the other kids alive. 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 from the Khmer Rouge, Arn is handed a gun and forced to become a soldier. He lives by the simple credo: Over and over I tell myself one thing: never fall down.

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, from National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick.

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  • Chapter 001
    Duration: 25s
  • Chapter 002
    Duration: 25min
  • Chapter 003
    Duration: 35min
  • Chapter 004
    Duration: 28min
  • Chapter 005
    Duration: 25min
  • Chapter 006
    Duration: 23min
  • Chapter 007
    Duration: 25min
  • Chapter 008
    Duration: 20min
  • Chapter 009
    Duration: 23min
  • Chapter 010
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 011
    Duration: 21min
  • Chapter 012
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 013
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 014
    Duration: 30min
  • Chapter 015
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 016
    Duration: 13min
  • Chapter 017
    Duration: 22min
  • Chapter 018
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 019
    Duration: 03min
  • Chapter 020
    Duration: 03min
  • Chapter 021
    Duration: 41s
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