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David's entire twelve-year life has been spent in a grisly prison camp in Eastern Europe. He knows nothing of the outside world. But when he is given the chance to escape, he seizes it. With his vengeful enemies hot on his heels, David struggles to cope in this strange new world, where his only resources are a compass, a few crusts of bread, his two aching feet, and some vague advice to seek refuge in Denmark. Is that enough to survive? David's extraordinary odyssey is dramatically chronicled in Anne Holm's classic about the meaning of freedom and the power of hope.
After escaping from an Eastern European concentration camp where he has spent most of his life, a twelve-year-old boy struggles to cope with an entirely savage world as he flees northward to freedom in Denmark.
Peter knew it was madness to suppose a portrait could talk, but nevertheless, there was the boy in yellow promising to show him something interesting. Quelling his misgivings, Peter accepted the challenge and found himself in ancient Greece. No boy in yellow was in evidence, but there was Cimon, the son of a coin maker in nearby Haliartus, with whom Peter stayed. In the course of an adventurous night, when Peter and Cimon managed to uncover the plans of an advancing army, thereby saving the town, Peter realized that Cimon was the best friend he could ever have, but he had little time to appreciate the knowledge before he was shifted to post-Conquest England. Sad at leaving Cimon, Peter was impatient with the squabbles of Rosamund the Norman and Torquil the Saxon over the virtues of their ancestry until danger and their need of his help revealed them as two more true friends. But they, too, were lost to him when he was moved to Cromwell's England. By the time he met the boy in yellow again after returning to his home in Denmark, he was at last able to understand the purpose that linked them together. Highly imaginative but based on historical fact, this is another unusual story by the author of North to Freedom, which won the 1963 Gyldendal Prize for the best Scandinavian children's book and has been widely acclaimed here.
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