Never Fall Down

“Following the pattern of excellence McCormick began with her novel SOLD (Hyperion, 2006), she has created another amazing story through skilled and patient research.  This time she brings us Arn Chorn Pond, one of the thousands of children who fled with their families after the Khmer Rouge terrorized Cambodia in the late 1970s. Gathering bits of stories from Arn and several other sources, this carefully woven work of fiction could not be more real.

In April 1975, Arn Chorn Pond, his family, and everyone in his village joined thousands of his people as the Khmer Rouge led them into the countryside saying, “The Americans are coming!” Over time and distance, many people died from starvation and dehydration—the Khmer Rouge’s first step to shrink the masses. Next, they targeted the educated. During the next several years, Arn is separated from his family, then from all adults, and then from females. He worked in rice fields nearly around the clock; watched people kneel in a line and have their heads bashed, then pushed those bodies into a pit as ordered; learned to play music to honor the Khmer Rouge; became a soldier for them; and finally ran away.  Told in brutal honesty this book honors Arn and those who managed to survive Cambodia’s Communist leader, Pol Pot, and his war to take over this small country.” VOYA, Starred Review

Purple Heart

“A timely and provocative thriller, with a teenage American soldier at its center, is a nuanced exploration or  war, heroism and morality.” Publishers Weekly List of the Best Books of 2009

“A thrilling, expertly layered mystery.” The Horn Book

“At first readers will feel nearly as disoriented as Matt as he pieces together what happened, but his clarity  slowly returns, and both Matt and readers are filled with unease and a sinking dread … ” Kirkus

“Patricia McCormick reminds us that the war in Iraq is not only about terrorists killing and being killed. The war is also about civilians who may be as deadly as insurgents, or who might be as innocent as they look. This book teaches us, young and old alike, how complicated war is.” Karen Brigss, Indie Bookseller List.


“Hard-hitting … poignant. The author beautifully balances the harshness of brothel life with the poignant  relationships among its residents.” Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“An unforgettable account of sexual slavery as it exists now.” Booklist, Starred Review

“The writing is breathtaking in both its simplicity and attention to detail … stunning … this novel is not to be  missed.” VOYA

“Searing … poetic.” The Horn Book

“McCormick provides readers who live in safety and under protection of the law with a vivid window into a harsh and cruel world—one most would prefer to pretend doesn’t exist.” Kirkus Reviews

“Hearbreaking … McCormick’s research for this novel involved interviewing women in Nepal and India, and her depth of detail makes the characters believable and their misery palpable. This important book was written in their honor.” School Library Journal

“McCormick uses language both lyrical and spare to lead the reader into this deeply troubled and troubling world …this is a story of courage, which is precisely what it takes to plant one’s literary work in unfamiliar soil.” Children’s Literature

“Sold is a demanding at at times painful book to read. These challenges, however, only serve to heighten the impact of the powerful and important novel that sheds light on a global crisis.”

My Brother’s Keeper

“This powerful, tense, but also touching novel will have wide appeal for most ages throughout the teenage reading spectrum, branding it a must-have for both school and public libraries.” Voice of Youth Advocates

“In Cut, Patricia McCormick’s terrific debut novel, the narrator cuts herself … Her second novel, My Brother’s Keeper, cuts even more deeply.” The New York Times


Cut, a debut novel by Patricia McCormick, is one of the best young-adult novels in years. Riveting and  hopeful, sweet, heartbreaking.” Boston Globe

“A vivid and inspiring first novel … deft and fascinating … part mystery story and part adolescent drama.” The  New York Times