Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Mature YA novel
Awards and Honors
Notable Book citation, New York Times, 1998
The fascinating, true story of the…"Savage of Aveyron" has been the subject of many nonfiction studies. Mordicai Gerstein further explores this intriguing subject in Victor (and also in a picture book for 4- to 8-year-olds, The Wild Boy). … described from the viewpoints of the doctor; his housekeeper, the warm-hearted Madame Guerin; the young housemaid Julie and Victor himself, whose thoughts are a stream of sensory images entirely unbound by any perception of selfhood.
Older teens will be fascinated by this strange and touching story and the many questions it raises about what it means to be human.