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Wild Children [Library Binding]

Felice Holman
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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August 1985 0808572369 978-0808572367
Left behind when his family is arrested by soldiers during the dark days following the Bolshevik Revolution, twelve-year-old Alex falls in with a gang of other desperate homeless children, but never loses his hope for a better life.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A powerful story of children left homeless after the Russian Revolution," declared PW, reviewing this award-winner by the gifted poet and author. Holman's novel is rooted in actual events and, through 12-year-old Alex, the reader experiences the tragedy of uncared-for boys and girls in the aftermath of war.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Eloquent portrayal of Russia's homeless children. Feb. 27 1999
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Format:Paperback
I read the book in 9th grade and was intrigued. It is set during the time of the USSR, but I am sure it is just as accurate today. The bezprizorniki (neglected or shelterlesss ones) are a reality even now, when the term was first used in the 1920's. The story gives a strange exhileration as Alex joins the children in their desperate struggle to survive - it is an eye-opening novel, worthy of much more attention than it ever got. Please, read this book. (I can see two other reviews from Edmonton, Alberta so I'm assuming this book is studied in schools around here.)
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I liked the book because people can laern a lesson about herbs and how they can mess up your body and mess up your life.I know more about homelessness people and they never know how long they will be living like they do.It is a sad thing to think about but some of them could never change because they lived like that for to long. It would be to hard on them and some people might think that they could never go back to thier old selfs.Some of the homelesssness people might have lived that way thier hole life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 14 1999
Format:Paperback
I read this work when I was about 10 or 11 years old as published in Reader's Digest, so it was not a class assignment. It took me two days to read it only because I was forced to put it down to go to bed. I read it four times while on summer vaccation that year and have never forgotten it.I also checked the actual book out from the library later and re-read it again. I can not say enough about the effect it has had on me. It remains a favorite to this day, sixteen years later.
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It was a book about a group of kids, whose families are gone. They have to learn how to survive on there own. A few of the boys main goal in life was to become a theif. It was during the Russian Revolution. That was going on during world War 1. The main character was a kid named Alex. Some of the other kids names where Peter, Anya, and many other children. It was a good book if you like to read about stuff about World War 1.That is about all I have to say about the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The wild children is a decent book. Oct. 1 1999
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The Wild Children was a decent book. I liked it because it dealt with real issuesand showed a graphic description of the U.S.S.R. during the time period the Russian Revolution set in the 1920's. I liked the way that all of the wild children stuck togeather and always helped each other out as best that they could. What I didn't like was the way that the subjects kept running on and on. I would recomend this book to any average reader. The book deserves a score of three.
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I would recomend this novel, because it explains what it would be like to live in the early 1920's. The main character is Alex. Alex is a young twelve year old boy that wakes up one morning to find that his family is gone. Alex is not sure what to do so he tells his teacher what had happend. His teacher decides to sind him to live with his uncle, but he does not know that his uncle has been taken by the secret police also.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book Oct. 1 1999
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Format:Paperback
I recommened this book because it is very interesting. This book surprises you in many ways cause you never know what is going to happen. The characters in this book relate to each other well. Another reason I enjoyed this book was because some of the events in this story that was writen about the 1920's still go on today in the 1990's. Some of these things are homeless people, wars and conflict.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I think that is was a good book about survival. Oct. 1 1999
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I liked the book it was a good reminder of that you should be thank full for what you have. I also lets you know how it was for young children in Russua.One thing that I did not like about the book was that iit did not keep my intetest.The children had to have a vary strong will to be able to stay alive for such a long time by them selfs. Over all it was a good book to read in class.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Accurate Portrayal of The Post Civil War times
This historical fiction book is a very touching book to read. It examines the life of the homeless children in Russia after the Civil War and shows how life really was like back... Read more
Published on April 10 2002 by "animaker"
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is excellent!
"The Wild Children", was one of the best books i have ever read! Im not a real big reader but this book i couldn't keep my hands off of. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars was intresting
Overall the book was pretty good it had some non interesting parts but it was still pretty good.Some parts of the book helped me realize how lucky i was to have nice things. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a good LAXATIVE?!
This book was not very good, and my doctor said it gave me the hershy squirts. I couldn't even hold down my coffee. It got all over my thermos. Read more
Published on Oct. 2 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars I do recommand you read this book
I do recommand you to read this book if you are a child wanting to know about life. This book explains how life in the 1920's was for people with no money. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend or,do not recommend this book
I do recommend this book because. I like the characters in the book. The characters are real direct and sincere. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book.
I thought the book was ok. It would teach kids about what or what not to do. It tells you to not steal, but that is how the children had to survive. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars I recomend this book.
I recomend reading this book. This is because I am interested in many topics during the Russian Revolution. Such as the of soliders and other military related topics. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars I think this book should be made into a movie.
This is a good book for Jr. high schoolers. I hope there is a second book about this wild children.
Published on Oct. 1 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars I recomend this book for everyone.
I recomend this book becaus it deals with some of issues of today. Even thoes that took place way back then. If I would to read it agin I would take a little more time on it. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 1999
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