“My Brave Little Man“ captured my attention with its simple approach by telling the story of the author’s difficult stage of life – facts as they really were, how he felt and what his thoughts were. I can only imagine how vulnerable a child must feel, how brave to overcome what had happened and through it all to gain confidence and self worth. I liked how honest and without extra dramatization the orphanage was described, in my view that is crucial to the reader. “My Brave Little Man“ kept my attention from first to last page and was very realistic and sincere. I loved reading it and I am looking forward to the next book.
—Stefka from Bulgaria
I found “My Brave Little Man” a story that tugged at my heart throughout. Terry reveals the hard choices of a child and yet securing his independence and bravery in order to face all the obstacles! Heartwarming.
Wow, what a great book you wrote. I couldn’t put it down and just finished it this afternoon. I got a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes when I read about your last encounter with your mom. This is a very sad story, but you were an amazing little guy. I can’t believe the things you did at your young age ~ escaping with your siblings to go find your mom, the adventure to go
see her at St. Scholastica....just to mention a couple. I think of the little 4 and 7 year olds I know right now and can’t imagine them doing such things ~ you were a Brave Little Man!
This book was absolutely amazing. I loved it. It was interesting at every turn. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read.
Terry Degner does a great job of advocating for fellow adoptees in his book, “My Brave Little Man.” Through his own personal experience he explains why older adoptees often have such a hard time adjusting to their new families, and the importance of having adoptive parents who are patient and loving, and serve as good role models. Congratulations to the Degners for doing such a great job with Terry and his sister Jean.
My Brave Little Man is a book that was very hard to set down. Following Terry and his siblings childhood experiences show the resiliency of children. The strong bond they form when they depend on each other shows how strong the family bonds can be. It is a book that makes one realize that one should never give up on life’s tough times.
My Brave Little Man is a compelling story about incredibly formative years in one man’s life. I enjoyed not only reading about the trials of the author’s early childhood, but also hearing his perspective as a now grown man reflecting on these experiences and how they shaped his entire life. The book also provides an interesting and informative historical perspective on social norms, economics, and public institutions (such as orphanages) during the mid-1900’s. It is an easy and enjoyable read.
In his memoir, “My Brave Little Man,” the author takes the reader on a journey through a childhood most people in the Western world may find difficult to comprehend. The author not only made this journey, but managed to survive and mature into the strong yet caring person I am happy and pleased to call my friend today. “My Brave Little Man” is a book about character-building experiences and hope; about a little boy who became a man before his time. He shows us the power of perseverance and a strong will.
—Andrew Ogg – a fellow traveler through the mysteries of life.