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Left behind when his family is arrested by soldiers during the dark days following the Bolshevik Revolution, twelve-year-old Alex falls in with a gang of other desperate homeless children, but never loses his hope for a better life....

Title : The Wild Children
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ISBN : 9780140319309
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Number of Pages : 566 Pages
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The Wild Children Reviews

  • Shanna Gonzalez
    2019-06-22 01:24

    The Wild Children is a well-written story about orphans in the Soviet Union near the time of the Bolshevik Revolution in the 1920s, who were faced with a choice between cold and hunger in an orphanage, or cold and hunger on the streets. Upon awakening in his home to find that his family has disappeared, twelve-year-old Alex flees the authorities with the help of his teacher and eventually joins a gang of street children. The gang is led by an older boy named Peter, who imposes a kind of moral order, prohibiting drugs and murder and limiting certain kinds of infectious disease. The children wander about the country in search of food and shelter, stealing to survive, always on the run from local authorities.The dark and frightening content of the book requires discernment on the part of adults, since sensitive children may be deeply affected by it. However, these children's horrific situation is softened not only by a happy ending but also by positive themes within the story. Although Alex's parents are never seen again, there remain adults and older children in his life (his teacher and her brother, the leader of his gang, a kind baker, and a priest-turned-fisherman who risks his life for them). These positive figures provide some of the security and moral definition that children need. Additionally, the children in Alex's gang are often kind and loyal to one another, and their leader in particular displays wisdom and self-sacrificial courage. Although the children do survive by stealing (Proverbs 6:30-31), they eventually realize they cannot continue doing so into adulthood. And unlike many of the orphaned children during this dark period, at the end of the story these children are given the opportunity to escape their hunted life by fleeing to another country.This survival story is fictional, but it portrays the universal plight of orphans across the world while also capturing a period of Soviet history that is not well known. If your children are ready for this kind of story, it can help to cultivate compassion in them as well as faith in God, who is the Father to the fatherless (Psalm 68:4-6).

  • Alicia
    2019-06-12 22:19

    Interesting read-aloud, based on true stories of orphaned children in Russia in the 1920's. This book reminded me of Oliver Twist: hungry children gather in cities in "gangs" and find hide-outs and/or claim territory (so "gangs" won't beg or steal in others' territories). They spend their days stealing food or begging, then they pool their "winnings" at the end of the day. The government-sponsored Childrens Houses are so nightmarish (cold, hungry, sick and dying children are crowded into a building together and neglected), so children would rather find a gang to join. A fascinating but terribly sad situation to read about. This was a good illustration for my 11-year-old of how bad communism is. As Isaac learns Russian (in the MTC), we'll learn a little more Russian history. Does anyone have recommendations for good children's chapter books set in Russia?

  • Karen Beck
    2019-06-22 22:27

    Great quote....."She had the kind of beauty that affected people's hearts and fooled their eyes."

  • Kate
    2019-06-18 03:28

    A wise retired teacher in my church recommended this book to me. Probably appropriate for late middle school to Jr high, kids, it is also a great read for grownups—especially onsiderin* the times we find ourselves in now, where the old America we knew and loved has been overwhelmed with Russia and its oligarchs. The book is a reminder that cold-hearted greed and cruelty can come upon any nation, and leave starving, homeless children in its wake. It happened (and,to a lesser extent, is still happening) in Russia, and it could happen here. In the end, we have heroes like Alex, who, seeing a path to safety and wholeness, has to make the choice to take it for himself, or to turn back and show others the way.

  • Cookie
    2019-06-26 05:37

    I had to read this book for novel studies in Language Arts and actually got it taken away for reading head. It was really neat to read about somebody perspective in that time. The only problem is the ending was unclear to if anybody would like to explain that....

  • Jeff Lochhead
    2019-06-12 04:23

    How do books like this exist and I've never heard about them until now? Such a great story about the resilience and comradeship when nearly unbearable hardships face the abandoned children of war-torn Russia.

  • Drew Ryan
    2019-06-06 01:22

    The book The Wild Children written by Felice Holman was about the Great Depression and the time period was the early 1900's.The main character is Alex he is a good leader. I say this because on page (30) he makes a group decision for the gang that everyone agrees on. He is also never gives up. I say this as one of his character traits because throughout the whole book he manages to not let his emotions get to him resulting in him being able to fight through all the bad things that happen to him pg. (157). Alex also is very brave. The reason I say he is brave is because even though Alex looses his whole family he still is brave enough to go out and find a group of kids he does not even know and he joins their gang because of his bravery pg. (48). The book the Wild Children is about A boy named Alex, and how his whole family is taken by the secret police or government. But the story also explains how Alex finds a group of other kids who are in the same unfortunate situation. However Alex knows he can't give up and he knows that there just has to be a better life out there for him so never stops his journey to get to that happiness. One direct quote from the story was, "Hey kid you looking for a place to stay?" The wild Children is written in third person omniscient. One theme from the novel is never give up. I say that as one of the themes in the novel because he never stops fighting for a better life throughout the whole story. Another theme that would fit this novel is no matter how bad things may become you can always fight through it. I say that as a them for the novel because things get very bad for Alex however he does find a way to fight through it which leads to good things for him. One mood word that can describe this novel is sadness. I say that as one mood word because things get very sad for Alex plus things don't come easy for Alex throughout the story. Another mood word that would for this novel is bravery. I say bravery as a mood word for the novel because Alex has to be brave during the whole novel, he has to be brave enough to not give up in the beginning and just let the secret police come back to get him, he also has to brave enough to join the group of kids he does not even know. One of the most important quotes in the book in my opinion is, "Hey kid you looking for a place to stay?" This is a very important quote in the book because this is the reason Alex has friends in the whole book. This quote also gave Alex a sign of hope that he could possibly get through this dark time and find a better life. This was also key to Alex's survival because if he never was offered to join this group he most likely would not of survived. The main character, Alex and I have few similarities. Like Alex I am also considered a leader, Alex in the novel was is considered a leader because he makes group decisions and compromise to help the group in a similar way i help people on my lacrosse team understand the correct way to do things. Also like Alex did in the novel I would too try to survive and find a better life. One connection I can make to Alex is that I too woke up one morning to find my whole family gone, but luckily they came back after a couple of minutes. I recommend this book to anyone who likes books that are not action packed and very exciting, but rather books that tell an emotional story about a character's life. However, I did not find this book all very good because I prefer the more action packed and exciting novels. For example, when Alex wakes up sad to see hi9s whole family has vanished instead they could of made that seen very action packed by having Alex waking up to find his sisters and brothers being taken forcing him to sneak away, or go after the secret policemen that took his family.Another reason I did not enjoy this book too much is because there s just not enough suspense and excitement to keep me interested. If I were to rate this book on a scale from 1-10 I would give this book a 4.SPOILER ALERT The climax of the story The Wild Children is when they try to board the train but get caught by authorities pg. 93.I know this is the climax because this is the most important part of the story and the most intense However the resolution is a happy one,the resolution ends up with all the boys getting taken out of the orphanage they get put into and ends up with all of them returning safely back to their homes in different places pg. 147-148. I know this is the resolution bcause this is when the problem gets resolved in the story

  • Alex
    2019-06-20 23:46

    I had to read this book for english class. It was okay and I liked the ending, but I would have liked it to be a bit more interesting maybe only because those books arent really the kind of books I like. overall, if you're into the kind of books that go on about like poor kids travelling trying to get to a free country and what not, then you'd like this book for sure

  • Miss Amanda
    2019-06-17 22:31

    gr 5-9 149 pgs1917-1921 Bolshevik Revolution Russia. One morning Alex wakes up to discover his whole family has disappeared most likely arrested by the police. Knowing it is not safe to try to find out what happened to them, Alex makes the dangerous winter trek to Moscow to try to find his uncle. When he can't find his uncle, Alex joins a group of bezprizorni "wild children" to survive

  • Anamika
    2019-05-28 00:41

    An adult book about children who are left to fend for themselves when their parents are taken away in 1920s Russia. How Alex survives, how the wild side creeps in when the survival instinct kicks in, all these are narrated in this short novel with beauty. I think it beats William Golding's Lord of the Flies for saying the same thing with simplicity, though perhaps not with so much finesse.

  • Diane Wachter
    2019-06-02 05:29

    Felice Holman, RDC-M #1, 1985, @ 1983, 1/88. Left behind when his famly is arrested by soldiers during the dark days following the Bolshevik Revolution, 12 year old Alex falls in with a gang of other desperae homeless children, but never loses his hope for a better life. Good.

  • Chrissy
    2019-06-01 00:20

    Talk about a heart-wrenching, heart-changing story.And for ratings' sake, I should mention there was a section--about half a chapter--that I skipped because it got so scary. But I don't think there was actually anything bad in it.

  • Sheep
    2019-06-05 23:22


  • Fredrick Danysh
    2019-06-27 05:29

    Alex's family is snatched away by the Russian secret police. He is forced on to the streets to work out his survival. He joins up with a group of misfits.

  • Ali
    2019-05-28 23:43

    school reading, cute and easy to read

  • Katrina
    2019-06-09 05:26

    we had to read this book at school its got lots of fig lang too!!!!

  • Cws
    2019-05-27 04:24


  • Anne
    2019-06-02 01:45

    This book teaches about the history in russia and about the government. It also teaches about what the people of russia are going through.

  • Claire
    2019-05-27 04:43

    I really liked the story and how it ended. :)

  • Megan
    2019-06-20 06:21

    I read this in junior high for English class.Always remembered it.It may sound heavy, but the author has a good way of guiding you along in the storyI need to re-read this!

  • Ryan Worcester
    2019-06-18 05:48


  • Nicole
    2019-05-27 00:41

    It's an okay book.

  • Hbell
    2019-06-04 00:40


  • cati
    2019-06-24 22:38

    Haley was reading this for school. Very good story of the children of Russia during the rise of Communism. Well written and informative.

  • Rebekah
    2019-06-23 04:49

    I liked the ending and it was ok. i'll never read it again but it wasn't a complete waste of time.

  • Sherrill
    2019-06-22 04:21

    RD....I really liked this one. Made me sad for the war torn children, but it was good.

  • Paige
    2019-06-03 00:34

    At first I didn't want to read it. But my grade 9 English teacher made us read it for lit circles and fell in love with it!

  • ♔Ƙƴℓιє♔
    2019-06-02 23:35

    This book touched me and made me want to cry. This is a wonderful book that I would recommend to any and every person.