Tuesday, 19 February 2013


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 

Anyone can play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and the author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 I AM DAVID by Anne Holm

In my wip, Hal is an orphan who is kept by the Master of the Stable because he made himself useful caring for the horses.  In his past, there were disastrous consequences after a lie. Hal has promised himself he will never tell another lie. Now he is being tested, Hal finds the difference between being only truthful and actively telling a lie is a great grey mire and he constantly has to wade through it keeping on firm-ish ground. He is observant, loyal, and kind in the face of provocation.

At this point in the narrative, with his friends, Hal is making an arduous journey across the country. 

Something about Hal's character and his travels kept making me think about David – from “I am David” by Anne Holm. I had to find my old copy of this book and re-read it. No matter how he's challenged, David remains kind, honest and brave. Now I have finished reading this- and cried, again - I've realised that Anne Holm is a master of show and tell. She shows David’s strengths by providing examples of how other characters think and act under similar pressures. Although this book has been around like-forever - first published in 1963 - reading it was the first time I became aware of the character's voice in the narrative.

David set his foot in a gap higher up the barbed wire...When would the searchlight come? They could not be certain of hitting him in the dark...and if they did not hurry, he would be over...Why didn't they hurry up. 

The character in my wip would describe himself as observant, friendly and careful. 



  1. Replies
    1. Hi Kelley
      Thankfully, for Hal, the road does not go on forever ;)

  2. Quite the tense teaser.

    How would my MC describe himself? As a regular guy and not at all reclusive or lonely. At least he'd say that at the beginning.

    1. I like the sound of your MC. It appears as if he's on a internal journey that rivals Hal's one overland.

  3. Your MC sounds amazing.

    I've got too many MCs running around to single out one. :-D