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Maddy, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls


Beck has to be one of the best most beautiful books I have ever read. The story of human suffering but also of pleasure is a truly powerful one. The book starts on a low note for Beck at the orphanage. However the boys reach Canada and we see a spark of hope, yet this is quickly extinguished. From there Beck's story seems to only get worse, and we see even more clearly the blunt racism in society at the time. Next Beck finds some 'criminals' who actually turn out to be the nicest people that Beck has met so far. This shows us that we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, or even by it's title. After he has to leave Beck goes through a stage of emotional turmoil with his past coming back to haunt him, that I think is one of the most gripping parts of the whole book. Beck's story of suffering love and acceptance is so moving because it feels so real and so possible. All in all I found this a slightly gruesome, but fascinating read exploring some deep and interesting topics.

Posted on: 27th April 2017 at 05:24 pm

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