Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2012
1. Author Patricia McCormick explains in her author’s note why she chose to write in Arn’s own “distinct and beautiful voice,” which doesn’t follow the rules of English grammar and syntax. What impact did this decision have on you as a reader? In what ways do you think your understanding of Arn and his experience would be different if the book had been written in grammatically correct English?
2. Why do you think the transition from the life as a boy soldier to life in the United States was difficult for Arn?
3. The Holocaust during World War II is something with which most of us are familiar. Why do you think so little is known about other genocides, like the one Arn survived in Cambodia?