unknown to me my daughter was reading this book at the same time so when i tried to give it to her she said she already had it and how good is it. it begins in a funny place and can be a bit confusing at first, but stay with it as it all comes together in the end. there were several times i almost had a tear in my eye and you wonder at how cruel some people are and how they twist things to their own point of view, especially when you realise there really are people like that out there.
after reading many books from, A Child Called It --all Torey Haydens and watching numerous true stories, i stopped. As a foster carer for over 15 yrs i thought i'd already read and seen verything. This story is not just fiction, my family and I are caring for a child who is just like Jack. He's been with his parents for 8 yrs but knows nothing. with us he's seen , the sea, the beach, dark nights, summer nights now, feeding animals at the farm (which terrified him). etc etc etc.. Reading this book has made me realise why I'm constantly asked questions from xxx and why I need to keep answering them ..
This as a wonderful book to read that was both heartbreaking and sweetly hopeful. I initially had my doubts, but from the very first page I found it difficult to put down and absolutely adored Jack and the way he choses to view life. Donogue has carefully constructed a tale that is incredibly believable and, though the eyes of a five year old, has created characters that are more real than a reader is sometimes comfortable with. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good read that ends with the same hopeful uncertainty that most people look to the future with. I can guarantee that you will fall in love with Jack and the story he has to tell.
so cleverly written, i really enjoyed the relationship between the mother and the son, and being a single mum, in certainly less extreme conditions, i was familiar with some of the daily tests and when sometimes you have to ask of your child something incredible and beyond even yourself. that said, the middle was a bit tough going and i wanted to hurry to the end a bit! but you just have to read it and see how different it is! x