Because About David’s themes are advanced and deal with issues that may be considered taboo or, negative, it is appropriate reading for mentally and emotionally mature young adults. Cyrisse Jaffee (1980), writing in the School Library Journal, calls About David “an earnest and unsensational exploration of the darker sides of human nature” and, recommends it for adolescents who are in grade 10 or above (p.87-88). John L Bennett (1980), in a review of About David, in Best Sellers states: About David is a curious book and curiously, it may be a very good book for teenagers. It is a rare high school that isn’t rocked by tragedy, by an untimely death or an awful accident, during the time it takes one to pass through it. Thus, for many, a period of shock and its attendant grief are prerequisites to graduation (p. 303).
By: Susan Beth Pfeffer