The Books – An Overview

NFD Sticker

Based on the true story of an 11-year-old boy who survived the Khmer Rouge by playing music in the Killing Fields, NEVER FALL DOWN (published May 2012) was  a National Book Award Finalist.

NEVER FALL DOWN was also named a New York Times Notable Book and was selected as a best book of the year by iTunes, The Huffington Post, the Chicago Public Library and

Archbishop Desmond Tutu praised the book saying, “One of the most inspiring and powerful books I’ve ever read. Never Fall Down can teach us all about finding the courage to speak our truth and change the world.”

A psychological thriller about a teenage American soldier who believes he may have been responsible for the death of a 10-year old Iraqi boy.

Named by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of 2009. “Timely and provocative … a nuanced exploration of war, heroism, and morality.”

Told in a series of haunting vignettes, Sold is a harrowing account of a sexual slavery. Alternating lyrical imagery with precise detail, McCormick gives voice to the terror and bewilderment of a young girl robbed of her childhood but who finds the strength to triumph.

National Book Award Finalist, 2007.

Funny, heartbreaking, utterly real, My Brother’s Keeper tells the story of drug addiction – from the sibling’s point of view.

One of the best young-adult novels in years, according to The Boston Globe, Cut is a riveting tale of a girl who is hurting so badly she takes it out on her own body.


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