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Grade 4 – 6 Readers for English Home Language: I am David

I am David

I am David

by Anne Holm


  • Recommended class reader for grades 4 – 6
  • English Home Language & First Additional Language
  • Pages: 191
  • ISBN: 9781405288736

An incredible story of survival against all odds and self discovery.

“You must get away tonight”, the man had told him.   David escapes from the concentration camp where he has spent his entire life and flees across Europe. He is utterly alone – who can he trust? What will await him?

And all the while, how can he be sure that they won’t catch up with him… This is the remarkable story of David’s introduction to the world: sea, mountains and flowers, the colours of Italy, the taste of fruit, people laughing and smiling, all are new to David.

David learns that his polite manner, his haunted eyes and his thin features are strange to other people. He must learn to fend for himself in this strange new world.

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Review of I am David by Anne Holm.

“I am David” is a novel written by Anne Holm. The book tells the story of a young boy named David, who lives in a concentration camp during World War II and escapes to find freedom and safety. The story follows his journey as he travels through Europe, trying to avoid capture by the Nazis, and learning about the world outside of the camp.

One of the strengths of “I am David” is the powerful and emotional storytelling. The author does a great job of capturing David’s struggles and emotions as he navigates the dangerous world outside of the camp. The reader can feel David’s fear and determination as he tries to survive and find safety. The book also provides a lot of historical context about the Nazi concentration camps and the Holocaust, making it an educational and informative read.

The author also does a great job of building David as a character, his development throughout the book is very well done, as he starts as a innocent, naive and traumatized boy and he becomes a self-reliant and independent person. He learns about the world, people, and the importance of kindness and compassion.

The book is written for a young adult audience, it is an appropriate choice for children and young adults who are interested in history, World War II and human rights. It deals with heavy themes such as the Holocaust, war, and survival and it is written in a way that is accessible to young readers.

Overall, “I am David” is a powerful and emotional novel that provides a unique insight into the world of the Holocaust and the struggles of the concentration camp survivors. The book is both educational and thought-provoking, and it offers valuable lessons about the importance of kindness and compassion. It is a great choice for readers who are interested in history, World War II and human rights.

“I am David” by Anne Holm is a novel that is most suitable for young adult readers, specifically aged 13 and above.