What I’m Reading: Where Children Run

Remember I said that Ila had linked me to some books she thought I might like?  Well in my scavenging to find them I ran across a couple other books that were just released on the online library.  I was so thrilled.  Rarely do I ever find a book there that I can immediately check out.  Most of the time I have to wait and wait and wait.

This book is called Where the Childcare Run and it’s by Karen Emilson.


Kayla and I both appreciate “Hard Scrabble” books where kids triumph over abuse.  She keeps a listing of them and sometimes uses them in her parenting curriculum.  (She’s a high school Family Consumer Sciences teacher and teaches a class on parenting).  I thought I would give this one a try to see if she might be able to use it.

Here’s what Amazon had to say:Twins David and Dennis Pischke’s lives change forever when their father dies, and a man damaged by the war arrives at their farm near the isolated town of Moosehorn, Manitoba. Boleslaw Domko quickly works his way into their lives and their mother’s bed.”Where Children Run” opens with one of their earliest memories–the day Domko throws their infant stepsister against the wall. In this first-hand account, the Twins recall years of neglect, starvation, and enslavement; horrific beatings and candlelit nights spent in the nearby St. Thomas Lutheran Church. Neighbors intervene, but their efforts provide only temporary relief as the children’s mother–also living in fear–refuses to press charges.The brothers vow that if they survive, they will someday expose their tormentor and members of their mother’s religious organization who turned a blind eye to their suffering. This is their story–told with stark honesty and in heart-wrenching detail.First released in 1996, “Where Children Run” is a timeless, unforgettable book about survival; and a powerful testament to the strength and adaptability of the human spirit.”

Amazon readers give the book 4.7 stars.  I think I’d give it 4.5 stars.  It was good.  It was hard to read about the abuse and know that no one was there to protect the children.  It was all I could do not to jump into the book and stand between the kids and the aduser.  Seriously…If I could have, I would have.

If you’re interested in trying this book you can find it HERE on Amazon.

3 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Where Children Run

  1. Diana

    I wouldn’t be able to read this book, as I went through a lot of beatings when I was a kid. It probably would bring back some memories that would not be pleasant for me. It would be good reading to someone who never went though that sort of thing.

  2. Jean

    Thank you, Jo. Your blog about “What I’m Reading” is an education in books we may want to avoid, as well as interesting ones to read!
    -Jean ❤

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