by Gary Paulsen
Paintings From The Cave: Three Novellas is powerful stuff. Paulsen writes about what he knows here, drawing from his own abusive childhood. Paulsen rescued himself by his own strength, the love of reading and the love of many good dogs along the way. The young people in these stories are all on their own, with very little support or resources. Just surviving the neglect and abuse by their families is a heroic act. Wanting to overcome it is a miracle. There are no easy answers or neat resolutions here, but the overall effect is inspiring.
recommended for mature upper elementary students to adult, due to themes.
reviewed by Victoria