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This book had me MESMERIZED! It is the story of 5 year old Jack and his mother, "Ma", who are held captive in an 11x11' room for all of Jack's life. He was born in ROOM, and has been with his mother there, knowing nothing of the outside world. He knows there is "TV", which he believes to be all fantasy. Jack and Ma fill their days with creative games, learning activities, PE, bath, laundry, breakfast, lunch and dinner, singing, math and reading. He has never met another child or seen trees, grass, animals or other people. We can only imagine Ma's terror of being held hostage, yet keeping her child safe from their captor, "Old Nick", who visits ROOM at night. The author does a brilliant job of telling the story of their ultimate escape and entry into the "real world" from Jack's point of view. A GRIPPING novel!

Anyone who is a teacher, therapist, mother, or who is interested in how parents and children form attachments would appreciate this book. Even though the premise is disturbing, the writing, in Jack's voice is compelling!


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Brad'll Do It:

I don't often comment here, but I'm a bit over halfway through ROOM, and it's a very compelling read.

It's got mystery, intrigue, and at the same time, is exceptionally well written.

Most of all, it's wonderfully original, a point of view/plotline that have not been done before.

Don't miss this book.

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