The Tenth, written by Smadar Shir is a riveting, emotionally packed book that takes you on one boys journey after suffering injuries during a suicide bomber attack. It’s all about his choice to get his tenth surgery-the most of any survivor of the attack and his coping with the loss of his mother. This book caught my attention from the get go and kept it the whole time through.
I have to admit, it left a mark on my heart and also caused me to feel joy, love, grief, and anger right along with Danny (the main character) as he struggled to make sense of all that had taken place. A local journalist, Autumn encourages him to get the surgery, tells Danny the story of her own child around his age and how she’s a single mother, (which when reading the book you find out he took as something else) and considers Danny, a boy now maimed and beaten, a hero.
But Danny doesn’t feel like a hero-and he doesn’t want this surgery. He wants the reminder of what happened, and of his mother. On his journey he finds joy and happiness-and humor-something he never thought he would have again. He comes to realize there is light at the end of the tunnel. This story will take you on a journey you will NEVER forget. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it! Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down! I had to know what came next, whether he got the surgery, if his suspicions were right, and if he ever felt the “closure” he needed to find peace with what happened. Well written and easy to read, The Tenth is just the book for anyone who loves to read and is looking for the next great book to read!
Below you can find a short description of the book and where to buy it! (It’s only $.99! great value!)
A special bond is formed in the hospital between Danny – a mischievous, curious and very bright ten-year-old who has lost a leg and an arm – as well as his mother – in a terrorist bombing – and Autumn, a young journalist sent to interview him before his tenth operation.
Autumn wants to publish Danny’s story because she believes he is a hero, but Danny says he isn’t a hero at all; he was simply sitting in a restaurant waiting for his food when the terrorist came in and blew herself up. During their conversation, Autumn tells Danny about her son and her life a a single mother. He misses his own mother, and harbors a suspicion that the journalist keeps coming to see him because she is interested in his newly widowed father.
Autumn thinks that Danny should have the tenth operation, which would basically be plastic surgery to remove the shrapnel from his face and minimize the scarring. He does not want to forget: he would rather have a scarred face that will always remind him of his mother and all that he lot. And it would also be a reminder of the reality of life in Israel, a reality in which innocent children pay the price. During the difficult days preceding the operation, still tormented by indecision and struggling against the pain, Danny undergoes a maturity process that will prepare him for his release from the hospital. He learns not to be jealous of his sister, who survived the bombing with only a few scratches. He learns not to be afraid of the Arab nurse who wants to give him an injection. He develops a new and different sense of humor and comes to realize that despite his grief and loss, life goes on and can be beautiful. He discovers that he can enjoy life if he only reaches out for it.
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