I run a little 5th grade "book club" for my son and a classmate of his (though since it's a mandatory thing for my son I'm not sure it technically qualifies as a "club." Thoughts?!) We read one book a month; he types answers to some written questions; then I meet with my son and his friend to discuss it. When I scoured the interwebs in October to create the book list, I came across a book I'd never heard of before: I Am David, by Anne Holm.
It's about an 12-year-old boy who's raised in an eastern European work camp in the years following World War II, escapes, and makes his way to northern Europe (and freedom). I read it last week, and it consumed me for two days. I could *not* put it down. Not the kind of response I anticipated when I casually picked up a formerly-unknown-to-me children's novel.
I found it exquisite.Read More