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Mrs Hirst, St Edward's Senior School

Beck

I have mixed feelings about this book. I am cross that a book in this age-range is in the shortlist, essentially excluding it from most of our shadowing group. That said, there is some beautiful descriptive writing. But I feel overall that the story is unpolished with some "holes". What was Beck's life before he lost his family? - eleven formative years that are never mentioned. I felt the story picked up when he meets Grace, and moves away from the endless doom and gloom. My few shadowers who have read it seem confused about certain sections and misunderstand why he has to leave Bone and Irma. 7/10

Posted on: 27th March 2017 at 10:05 am

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