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North to Freedom [Paperback]

Anne Holm
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Feb. 15 1990
Having escaped from the 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. “[North to Freedom] is, to my mind, the single finest novel ever written for children of about ages 9 to 13.”--School Library Journal

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ANNE HOLM (1922-1998) was born in Denmark, and she began her writing career as a journalist. I Am David was originally published--under the title David--in Denmark, where it became a million-copy bestseller and received numerous awards.

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5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites Dec 16 2003
By Nicole
I have a copy of this book from the UK that is called I Am David. It starts with a man telling David, "You must get away tonight. Stay awake so that you're ready just before the guard is changed. When you see me strike a match, the current will be cut off and you can climb over -- you'll have half a minute, no more." This starts David's journey not just to freedom and home, but also to learning how to live as a regular kid after only living in a concentration camp. It's a serious book but one that should be read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trust July 23 2003
Do you know what it is like to be hunted? Or to feel the palpable hate from men who destroy everything except what is inside of you? David, from his experience in the concentration camp, simply can not trust anyone. He has to be wary because that is the only way to survive. Parts of him are so deadened inside that when he sees the beautifull it is so much more intense. This book provides a usefull insight into the experience of many that will evoke your compassion and give you some understanding of why some people who are hurt are so reluctant to ever get close again or to seek or even recognize help around them. And through all of this, David is a moral person. He knows why evil must be resisted. Excelent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Exciting Book April 8 2003
By A Customer
North to Freedom is about a boy named David who escapes from a prison camp somewhere in southern Europe during WWII and travels all the way to Denmark. I liked the book because it is exciting, for example: When David runs away from some guards who want to capture him, his dog saves him. Another exciting moment is when he finds out why he needs to go to Denmark. This book taught me about trust, because David had to learn to trust people on his journey. I recommend this book for kids age 9 and up, and to be read aloud to kids 6 and up.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely did NOT like this book!!!! Nov. 14 2002
Format:Library Binding
...I did not like it all!...the book is so predictable! By the 3rd to last chapter, I already knew what was going to happen. I do not reccommend this book unless you like books about history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars North to Freedom Sept. 19 2002
David, a 12 year old, raised in a prison camp, is allowed to escape with instructions to go north to freedom. From the drab, depressing surroundings of the prison camp to the wide world of freedoms, colors, smells, scenery, being clean, and being honest, David cautiously learns about the world around him. This book is a learning adventure at becoming true to one's self. At an early age, this book had a profound effect on my life, David made me stop and appreciate the little things that are such common conveniences in life. At one point in the book, a boy beats up David, but David doesn't fight back. Angrily, the boy asked why he didn't fight back and David said, "Because if I hit you back, I'd be no better than you are. I'd be just as rotten and worthless, and I'd have no right to be free!" It's a lesson all of us can incorporate in our lives. This is always the first book I recommend to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars David's Journey North To Freedom March 26 2002
By A Customer
North To Freedom is a wonderful book. It tells about a twelve year old boy, David, and his escape from a concentration camp where he has been since before he can remember. He is on a dangerous journey, and he can trust nobody. He meets many people, learns new words, discovers how to smile, and finds his mother. On the way he makes good friends with Maria, and young girl whom he saved from a fire, he calls her "the little girl who looks so like a flower". David also makes friends with the dog, King. David is not used to dogs because he only knew of the mean one's in the concentration camp, but King is different, kind and gentle, and wants to protect David. King is greatly involved in the end of the story, read the book to find out more. This book is also good for class liturature. My class has used it in sixth grade, but I would suggest it in fourth grade because now it was really easy to read. This is a very touching story about a boy struggling for life, proving his strength, making friends, and proving his is smart and clever in ways unimaginable. I suggest it for anyone, even if it is a quick read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading every year, each year. Oct. 30 2001
Though I have read this book countless times through the years, with each reading I discover more of the story and more of myself. I have yet to finish this book and not be in tears, for David, and for the birth, loss, and rebirth of hope itself. I recommend this book to readers of all ages, but particularly those who have struggled through sorrow and rediscovered faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book!!!! Sept. 28 2001
This was a very good book. it was about a boy escaping from a concentration camp in Greece and WALKING to Denmark! It has very discriptive writing. David (the boy) thinks very differently than we do, he is very cautious, and scared or doesn't know how to do the things we do in our normal life. I loved this book and I hope you do to.
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