In 1963, I Am David won First Prize in Scandinavia for children's literature in the category: older readers, and has now become a classic.
Silent and watchful, David, the boy from the camp, tramps across Europe, knowing that at any moment they may catch up with him. He seems as strange to other people as they to him, because of his intense, self-preserving view of life. As soon as anybody shows interest in him - like the rich Italian family whose child, for his own reasons, David saves - he knows he must move on. He learns his own identity, and gradually, despite himself, he begins to hope and lose a little of his mistrust. But it is only after many setbacks that David's long and lonely journey ends in unimaginable happiness.
The motives for David's behaviour remain hidden for a long time, although the reader is told that he is escaping from them and that they are looking for him. As a reader, you want to accept that David has sound reasons for his behaviour, but as you read on, you begin to realize that his behaviour is strange, too intensely focussed on self- preservation.
As the story develops, you begin to discover, with David, the reasons for his tramp across Europe.
Chapter 1 - Chapter 2 - Chapters 3 - 4 - Chapters 5 - 6 - Chapters 7 - 8