Every Falling Star

2016 Winner – Young Adult/High School Literature

Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea by Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland (Amulet, an imprint of ABRAMS)

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.





Teaching Resources:


  • 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