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It's only when David arrives in Italy, soaking in the vibrant colors and beauty of that land, that he decides he desperately wants to live. After seeing such a sight, he "could no longer think of nothing as he had trained himself to do in the concentration camp" (191). In order to live, however, the guileless David will have to learn some important lessons about trust, friendship, and making his way in the great, wild world with all its charms and dangers.
I Am David, Anne Holm's 1963 novel for young readers, is a quiet, but expansive coming-of-age tale. Like many tales of imprisonment, this gentle story celebrates the beauty of life, even in the midst of great ugliness. David's remarkable journey opens not just his eyes, but those of the reader as well. Although the story starts slowly and ends in a most convenient, contrived manner, it's still a memorable, inspiring tale. Overall, I enjoyed it.
(Readalikes: I can't think of anything. Can you?)
If this were a movie (and it is!), it would be rated:
for violence and scenes of peril
To the FTC, with love: Another library