A Song for Cambodia by Michelle Lord, illustrated by Shino Arihara [in Bloomsbury Review]
Arn Chorn-Pond was just 8 years old when he was torn from his family in 1975 as the Khmer Rouge invaded Cambodia. He survives years of unimaginable atrocities with only rare moments of music to soothe his suffering soul. When he’s finally rescued and eventually arrives in America as an adoptee at 14, he again turns to music to quell the nightmares. The book’s afterword offers a look at Arn’s courageous adult life.