GradeUpAt age nine, Keat was rousted from his bed by Khmer Rouge soldiers After savagely murdering most of his family, they shot him three times and left him for dead Miraculously, he survived, only to spend the next few years fighting for his life and running from the Khmer Rouge along with his remaining family members Eventually, he and his siblings made their way to a refugee camp where his older sister bought his freedom In this memoir, written with the assistance of his college professor, Keat paints a poignant portrait of life as a child in Cambodia in the s His skills, cunning, and sheer will to survive enabled him to endure devastating occurrences and difficult living conditions The story is not for the faint of heart, as suffering torture at the hands of soldiers, subsisting solely off of rice chaff, and being forced to sleep among human remains are only some of the atrocities he suffered Keat s story is compelling and concise, and readers will find themselves invested in his eventual escapeKelly McGorray, Glenbard South High School, Glen Ellyn, IL ENDMy son loves these books We started reading National Geographic Kids books when he was about six he s nine now and I can honestly say that these books have been instrumental in teaching him to read Consumer My kids love these books Super fun and interesting Consumer


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