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I am David
I am David
Author: Anne Holm, L. W. Kingsland (Translator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
Review Date: 4/14/2009

This is David's story - a little boy who grows up as the pet of a ruthless Nazi in a concentration camp and his journey to find refuge after he is given the chance to escape. He knows nothing of the world or how to survive, let alone cross a continent, in the hope of capturing something of his lost life.

The Chicago Tribune calls the book "extraordinary and unforgettable," and the School Library Journal says it is "the single finest novel ever written for children of about ages 9 to 13."

As a parent, you will enjoy it too. It certainly opens many doors for communication with young readers.

Inside a Cutter's Mind: Understanding And Helping Those Who Self-Injure
Review Date: 11/6/2009
Helpful Score: 2

Self-injury, including cutting, has spread across mainstream America without regard to age, sex, or race. While it isn't a new phenomenon, its emergence in the population leaves many people - parents, friends, and teachers - dismayed and confused. Many mistakenly believe the behavior is limited to girls, and many more think it is simply an attempt to get attention. Instead, it is usually a secretive, hidden physical expression of intense emotional or spiritual pain. It isn't an adolescent "phase" and without help, can lead to suicide.

Cutting is also not limited by faith. Christians, non-Christians, and non-believers are all affected. The content of this book is written from a Christian perspective but is applicable regardless of religious beliefs.

This book provides information to help loved ones understand and support the victims of this complex problem. It is also useful for those who harm themselves, to give them hope and understanding of themselves.

They Fought Like Demons - Women Soldiers in the Civil War
Review Date: 3/20/2009
Helpful Score: 1

I've read dozens of books about the Civil War and I can't recall that any of them mentioned a woman - posing as a man - who gave birth in camp, to the surprise of all the other soldiers. And they certainly didn't talk about how that happened several times, on both sides. The authors thoroughly researched all that remains of the lives of the women who served as soldiers in that war via letters, news accounts, military diaries, and post-war recollections. Hundreds of women posed as men for a variety of reasons, including lust for adventure, love of a man in uniform, and a sincere desire to serve the cause. A fascinating read. This book was purchased at a Civil War battlefield museum in Lousiana.

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