Sathana, Chobham Academy Book Group
Black. Abused. Victim or racism. Son of a prostitute. Grace. Beck who has been tortured by the Catholic Brothers, discriminated by others too, finds love. He falls in love with Grace who's different. She's half-Scottish. The amount of times Beck has attempted or actually HAS run away will make your mouth shift into the shape of an 'O' as it did to me. They deny their feelings for one another until the very end. Grace is a weirdly-loving character who can be seen as 'keen' to get on with life. Whether it's the imagination or the reality that she lives in. There are signs of human rights in this book and it was amazingly written.
Unfortunately, Mal Peet had died of Cancer two years ago. I think he wanted the character 'Beck' to relate to him in many ways.
I found out that Mal Peet grew up in an council estate whilst Beck grew up in an orphanage so when he ran away, it kind of seems reasonable... I enjoyed it but in terms of language and emphasis of emotions, I would recommend it for year 10s and above. Thanks to Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff, we were able to read this adventurous and ingenious novel.
Posted on: 15th June 2017 at 09:01 pm
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