I Am David

by Anne Holm
190 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Lady Meriwen

Intriguing and thought-provoking.


David has lived in a Communist prison camp for his entire life. When he is twelve years old a mysterious prison guard gives him the chance to escape, telling him only that he must go to Denmark. Armed with this knowledge, he sets out on his journey through a world both frightening and beautiful - and unlike anything he's ever known.


Some of the people David meets are clearly selfish, others are very good, and some are just thoughtless.

Spiritual Content

Towards the start of David's journey when he is in trouble, he remembers hearing a verse from Psalm 23. He decides to take the "God of the green pastures" for his own. Throughout the book he prays to God and trusts in Him.


A character is burned (not severely) when a hut catches on fire. Another character dies of a heart attack (not shown).

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content

Only one kiss.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Only two instances of "Mamma mia" and "what the devil".


This was published as a children's book, but under the easy-reading surface it is deep and many-layered. Hidden in the story of a young boy emerging from a dark prison into the real world is the story of every soul's growth: the loss of innocence and the accompanying maturity. Through David's eyes we see the world in black and white. Thoughtless people are cruel, kind people are angelic, and one word can change a life.

This story was originally published under the title "North to Freedom," and can still be found under that name.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 11-12

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