I AM DAVID
By Anne Holm
This book moved VERY slow and the plot and character development was simplistic, yet there remains in this story a spark of something that is difficult to describe and likely will not resonate with all readers, compelling me to give this book a higher rating than I would otherwise. It’s a story of the crushing influence and lasting impressions a secular and oppressive institution have on a young boy who should have been in the bloom of “innocence” but instead must be taught to smile, to trust and to accept “something for nothing” in return as he leaves behind the Nazi concentration camp he lived in all his life in the dim hope of finding his long-lost mother in Denmark.
I would highly recommend the book to young readers because it is a delicate and non-graphic introduction to the holocaust, focusing on the effects rather than the source of WW2’s horrors.