I Am David by Anne Holm

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published On: 1963.

Print Length: 191.

Rating: 4.3/5

About the Author: Anne Holm, born Else Anne Lise Jørgensen (September 10, 1922 – December 27, 1998) was a Danish journalist and children’s writer. At times she also wrote under the pseudonym Adrien de Chandelle.

Her books are typically recommended to age groups 8–16 years, but they include elements even for adult readers. Her best-known book is I Am David (1963), adapted for a 2003 film; (also published as North to Freedom), which tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who escapes from a concentration camp and travels through Europe. It won the ALA Notable Book award in 1965, the 1963 Best Scandinavian Children’s Book award and the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award Gold Medal.

About the Book: David’s entire twelve-year life has been spent in a grisly prison camp in Eastern Europe. He knows nothing of the outside world. But when he is given the chance to escape, he seizes it. With his vengeful enemies hot on his heels, David struggles to cope in this strange new world, where his only resources are a compass, a few crusts of bread, his two aching feet, and some vague advice to seek refuge in Denmark. Is that enough to survive? David’s extraordinary odyssey is dramatically chronicled in Anne Holm’s classic about the meaning of freedom and the power of hope.

Review: I got this book as a part of a bookworm movement where you would send one of your favorite books to a random person and you get books from random people. The book stayed on my shelf for a long time and I finally got around to reading it. Even though it is categorized as a children’s book, I enjoyed it immensely. Maybe because I am still a child at heart but I can guarantee that every adult would enjoy the book as well.

The book was not a long one but the journey of David seemed never-ending. It was a very simple book. There were not too many dialogues, but the ones that were there were very simple. There is not much I can say about the book here. All I can say is that the story was very captivating and keeps you turning to the next page.

If you are in the mood for something light then this is the perfect book.

Happy Reading ~ A

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