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A Song for Cambodia

By Michelle Lord
Illustrated by Shino Arihara
2008, 30 pages, Hardback.

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When Arn was a young boy in Cambodia, his days were filled with love, laughter, and the sweet, sounds of music. That all changed suddenly in 1975 when Arn's village was invaded by Khmer Rouge soldiers and his family was torn apart.

Arn was taken to a children's work camp, where he labored long hours in the rice fields under the glaring eyes of threatening soldiers. Overworked, underfed, and in constant fear for his life, Arn had to find a way to survive. When guards asked for volunteers to play music one day, Arn bravely raised his hand-taking a chance that would change the course of his life.

A Song for Cambodia is the touching true story of Arn Chorn-Pond. His heartfelt music created beauty in a time of darkness and turned tragedy into healing.

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Background on Michelle Lord and Shino Arihara

Michelle Lord is the author of Lee & Low's Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin, a Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year. She fell in love with the culture of Cambodia when she traveled there to adopt her younger daughter, and first learned about Arn Chorn-Pond from the documentary The Flute Player. Lord lives in New Braunfels, Texas, with her husband and their three children.

Shino Arihara is a full-time illustrator who was born in the United States and grew up in Japan. She felt an immediate connection to Arn Chorn-Pond's story because a close friend, and fellow artist, went through a similar experience when he lived in Cambodia. "I wanted to do this book for him," says Arihara. She lives with her husband, a musician, in Redwood City, California.

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