Under the Same Sky

Under the Same Sky

From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America

Book - 2015
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A searing story of starvation and survival in North Korea, followed by a dramatic escape, rescue by activists and Christian missionaries, and success in the United States thanks to newfound faith and courage

Inside the hidden and mysterious world of North Korea, Joseph Kim lived a young boy's normal life until he was five. Then disaster struck: the first wave of the Great Famine, a long, terrible ordeal that killed millions, including his father, and sent others, like his mother and only sister, on desperate escape routes into China. Alone on the streets, Joseph learned to beg and steal. He had nothing but a street-hardened survival instinct. Finally, in desperation, he too crossed a frozen river to escape to China.

There a kindly Christian woman took him in, kept him hidden from the authorities, and gave him hope. Soon, through an underground network of activists, he was spirited to the American consulate, and became one of just a handful of North Koreans to be brought to the U.S. as refugees. Joseph knew no English and had never been a good student. Yet the kindness of his foster family changed his life. He turned a new leaf, became a dedicated student, mastered English, and made it to college, where he is now thriving thanks to his faith and inner strength. Under the Same Sky is an unforgettable story of suffering and redemption.
Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780544373174
Characteristics: xi, 274 pages ;,24 cm

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ctkvlk
Oct 07, 2015

I have read a number of books on North Korea and found it fascinating to read a firsthand account of growing up in this horrific regime. It is miraculous that Joseph made it out alive and am thankful he could share his story so that the true conditions can be made known to the world.

sidnawkid Sep 28, 2015

Engrossing. Could not put it down; Read it in a day. Filled me with gratitude to have been born in the U.S.

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ClaireM_W
Sep 11, 2015

No disrespect intended to refugees of any oppression anywhere, but this book just didn't sound legitimate. eg, the author and his family 'ran out of food' several times and yet stayed alive for months, if not years. I believe one can die from thirst in about a week, and without food for what - a month? Just doesn't ring true to me.

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