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Sam, Oxted


Beck, by Mal Peet, is a heartwarming book about a dark-skinned boy and his journey throughout North America, looking for a place to belong. It definitely contains some adult themes (such as sexual abuse and racially discriminating slang), so I'd recommend it only for older readers.

Admittedly, the book can sometimes be hard to follow, and the time era can make it feel like a different world, but it's generally easy to understand, despite its complexity.

An especially heartwarming aspect, I find, is that the book was finished by Meg Rosoff after Peet's death. Her afterword is very good, so I would recommend that as well.

Star Rating: * * * * (4 / 5 Stars)

Posted on: 10th May 2017 at 03:51 pm

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