A NovelBook - 2010 | 1st ed
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A five year old boy and his mother are held captive in a small shed for more than 7 years. How could anyone survive in such a situation? Is there really a life other than what is in the immediate area and what you view on TV? Confined to an incredibly small space, the story of survival, escape, a... Read More »
Another very young child narrates, this time from the room where he and his mother have been held captive since he was born. To Jack, TV is where sky and cars and other people exist. "Outside"� is a name for something for which he has no concept. I was riveted on multiple levels by this... Read More »
Connect to the Oscars into your next book discussion! Before Emma Donoghue was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award, she wrote this compelling book. If your group chooses this title, be aware, a five-year-old narrates the entire story and it takes a bit of getting used to. Terrif... Read More »
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SABRINA JANE SALRIN thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
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This book is heart-wrenching. A heroic mother caring for her son, whilst held captive in a tiny shed with only a sky light to view the world.
This was a very interesting, disturbing book that, while slow moving at times, kept me intrigued because of how psychologically suspenseful it was.
Jack is the narrator and, at 5 years old, has an interesting voice that varies between young/stunted and much more sophisticated. That is thanks to being raised completely confined to a Room with his mother, who was abducted at age 19 and kept locked up by her captor ever since. Jack and his mother spend every second together inventing games and exercises and such to pass the time and stay healthy. The time comes to make an escape plan, but can they survive in the outside world where Jack is unsure of his spacial surroundings and how to interact with anyone but his Ma?
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