Creative Writing at The New School

Never Fall Down by New School alumn Patricia McCormick Never Fall Down by The New School Alum Patricia McCormick, has been named a finalist for the National Book Awards in the category of Young People's Literature

"Well-written and heart-breaking, this is an important and enlightening story for any teen collection."  —Children's Literature, Amy McMillan

"A gripping account of the inner turmoil of a child soldier." —The New York Times Book Review 

"Powerfully, hauntingly unforgettable." —Booklist

Never Fall Down is available to order online or you can pick it up at your local bookseller.


Patricia McCormick is the author of five critically acclaimed novels – Never Fall Down, a novel based on the true story of an 11-year-old boy who survived the Killing Fields of Cambodia by playing music; Purple Heart, a suspenseful psychological novel that explores the killing of a 10-year-old boy in Iraq; Sold, a deeply moving account of sexual trafficking; My Brother’s Keeper, a realistic view of teenage substance abuse; and Cut, an intimate portrait of one girl’s struggle with self-injury. McCormick was named a New York Foundation on the Arts fellow in 2004 and a MacDowell fellow in 2009.  She is also the winner of the 2009 German Peace Prize for Youth Literature and received her MFA in Writing for Children at the New School.

About The Author

Founded in Greenwich Village in 1931, Creative Writing at The New School continues to promote, engender, and shape innovative literature.