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I Am David – Ann Holm. Reviewed by Banana Girl (9)

David has lived in a prison camp since he was ONE. He is now twelve. He cannot remember his parents. Are they dead. Are they even alive?  Then, one day, out of the blue, a prison guard helps him escape, telling him where to find bread, water, a pocket knife and a compass. The guard tells him to go to the docks, and find a boat due for Italy, to trust no-one and keep out of other people’s way. And then travel through Italy for Denmark.

David met nice people along the way, including Sophie, an artist who gives him a clue for what he is looking for. But during winter he meets a nasty farmer, who keeps him prisoner throughout winter. With the help of the farmer’s friendly dog, King, he escapes. Unfortunately, King does not survive until the end of the journey.

Will David get to Denmark, and if so, what will he find there???

I think this book is heart – warming because I love the way the writer describes the landscape and scenes. It is quite inspiring and sometimes funny. I also think David is a bit grown up because he’s never met another child, but I think he is clever and very positive.

I am David

4 replies »

  1. This was one of my favourites as well. So glad its appeal is as strong as ever. Good review, describes it well and highlights the poignancy of David’s having to learn to be a child, never having been allowed to be one naturally.

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