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Beck by Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff is an amazing portrayal of the hardships and difficulties faced by a person who doesn’t quite ‘fit in’ in our complicated and demanding society. The simplicity and innocence of the protagonist ‘Beck’ allows the reader to fully sympathise with him and this consequently allows the reader to be drawn deep into his thoughts and feelings. The style of writing was very distant – as is usually the case with the works of Mal Peet. However, this objectivity served to highlight the sharp and surprising turns that the plot underwent. The plot itself was very engaging and included some informative yet lesser known facts about the continent of America and its inhabitants in the 1900s. Personally, I really enjoyed reading this book. In my opinion, the conjunction of the late author Mal Peet and the famous writer Meg Rosoff really helped bring the book to life. I think that one of the main morals in this book are: ‘No matter how different you are from the rest of the world, there is always a place for you somewhere’ – as illustrated by Beck in this book. I loved reading all the works of Mal Peet, however this one has exceeded all expectations. A terrific read for anyone who loves history and a fair bit of mystery!

Posted on: 12th May 2017 at 03:57 pm

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