North to Freedom

North to Freedom

Book - 1990
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After escaping from an Eastern European concentration camp where he has spent most of his life, a twelve-year-old boy struggles to cope with an entirely strange world as he flees northward to freedom in Denmark.
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990
ISBN: 9780152575533
0152575537
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 239 p. ; 20 cm

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DBRL_KrisA Aug 30, 2017

I'm not entirely sure what to make of this book. I had started it thinking David escaped from a German concentration camp in World War II, and I couldn't imagine how he would get through Germany to Denmark without being caught. (Or, for that matter, why he was going by way of Italy, one of Germany's allies.) I discovered from reviews online that the setting for the camp is Eastern Europe, after the war. I felt a little more background was warranted (although I recognize that David, as naive as he was about life outside the camp, wouldn't have known about these things).
It's an interesting premise - a boy who has lived almost his entire 12-year life inside a work camp, and so doesn't understand about basic things like money and maps and train stations. But that naivete is what makes it difficult to believe, that someone like David could survive so long on the road. This, and his treatment by most adults, were the weak points in the book, in my opinion.

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KATEMCW
Dec 15, 2016

'I am David' is the story of a boy travelling through Europe in the hopes of finding a new home for himself. He has lived his whole life in a concentration camp, and now that he has escaped he needs to learn about all the big things in life - what does it mean to be 'good' or 'evil', who is God, and who is he, David?
These are big questions to answer, but the author does a splendid job of keeping the reader engaged in David's journey, telling us what he is thinking, what is going on around him, and building the tension and sense of mystery as the story unravels itself. I first heard this book as an 11 year old, and cannot recommend it enough.

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oceanrose_0
Jan 29, 2016

I would highly recommend this book. My son who is 12 loves this book. I would rate it a 5 out of 5. A great story of a boy who escapes a Bulgarian concentration camp. If you look at the background information on this book - it is actually a book that took place after World War II. The Soviet Union was a communist country who imprisoned anyone who spoke or acted out against them. It is in one of these Bulgarian work camps that the story for David begins. David escapes the camp and has to survive on his own. He also has to work for his freedom. Once you start reading this - it is hard to put down. My son loves it so much that he remembers everything that happened in the book and loves talking about it.

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fatemamahmud
Aug 17, 2015

I would rate it 3 out of 5

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Man123
Jul 19, 2014

little good

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loutajama
Jun 21, 2011

David is very moving. Anne Holm creates the moving voice of Davod.

designing4you2003 Apr 27, 2011

This is an excellent book for 3rd grade and up concerning a boy who escapes from a concentration camp. Great to read if you're studying WWII.

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Bells
Jun 20, 2010

David has lived almost his entire twelve years in a concentration camp. One day he is given the chance to escape. David embarks on a physical and emotional journey that will change him forever, and he just might find the home and family that he longs for.

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oceanrose_0
Jan 29, 2016

oceanrose_0 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99

VeganGreen Oct 29, 2009

VeganGreen thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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