When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge

Young woman in Cambodia

Product Description: In the Cambodian proverb, "when broken glass floats" is the time when evil triumphs over good. That time began in 1975, when the Khmer Rouge took power in Cambodia and the Him family began their trek through the hell of the "killing fields." Yet through the terror, Chanrithy's family remains loyal to one another despite the Khmer Rouge's demand of loyalty only to itself. In 1979, "broken glass" finally sinks and the surviving children begin their new lives in a land that promises welcome to those starved for freedom.

Culture/Community: Cambodian / Cambodian American
Themes for Middle Grade/YA: Violence War
Genre: Fiction
Format: Novel
Age Level: Young Adult
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company