Biography, Award winning non-fiction
This first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience is the intense memoir of a North Korean 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. For junior and senior high readers. Winner of the 2019 Red Maple Non-Fiction Award. 2016.