A Song For Cambodia

By The Asian Reporter

It is a terrible shame young people must learn their world is filled with such suffering as the Khmer Rouge inflicted on the population of Cambodia - many of them children - three decades ago, but Michelle Lord’s excellent book is a tale of triumph as well as tragedy. . . . How [Arn] dealt with [his] loss, immediately and in the years to come, is only one of the reasons to read A Song for Cambodia. Others include Shino Arihara’s understated illustrations that guide the reader through imagining the unimaginable, and the photograph of the smiling Arn Chorn-Pond in front of the house he is building in Cambodia. Like its protagonist, A Song for Cambodia is a treasure.