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Beck

I can't believe I didn't read this sooner! When the shortlisted books were shown to us, Beck appealed to me the least. But this is proof that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover! This is a thrilling read that tells the story of a boy called Beck, a mixed race boy born to a prostitute. His mother died while he was still young, and he was taken to a catholic orphanage run by "The methodically cruel Sisters of Mercy" His life is hard, as were most mixed-race people's lives in those days (1900s). He moves around a lot, as he doesn't really have anywhere he can call home. This is a charming story of a boy on a journey to belong somewhere. Some of the language is rather vulgar, and there are very controversial occurrences in this story, such as rape and racism. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys controversy, and a great read! In regards to the age group I think Beck is aimed at, I think teenagers at 13 should be the absolute youngest, as there are some things not suitable for younger children than that. Overall, I rate this book 5 stars, and certainly think it's an amazing read.

Posted on: 21st May 2017 at 09:24 pm

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