Every Falling Star (Hardcover)

The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea

By Sungju Lee, Susan Elizabeth McClelland

Harry N. Abrams, 9781419721328, 336pp.

Publication Date: September 13, 2016

List Price: 16.95*
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About the Author

Sungju Lee speaks across Europe, Asia, and North America about his experiences and about North Korean political social issues. He lives in South Korea but studies in England.


Susan Elizabeth McClelland’s first book, Bite of the Mango, was a worldwide sensation, published in more than 30 countries. She lives in Toronto, Canada.


Praise For Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea

"A pampered son of the elite survives a nightmarish ordeal in this page-turner of a memoir... This fast-paced story will likely compel its readers to learn more about North Korea after finishing it."


"A testament to resilence, Lee's story pulls back the curtain on life in North Korea."


"Lee provides a summary of the history of Korea and the politics of the famine in North Korea, achieving a great balance between historical context and storytelling."


"There are lessons about resilience, friendship, and family to take to heart... The ending satisfies and offers some hope."


"[Sungju Lee's] sheer determination rings loudest in this rarely heard perspective. Better yet, the memoir is accessible to younger teens first being exposed to complicated global political and conditions."


"An amazing tale of resilience and an interesting history of an area westerners rarely hear about. "