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Beck

Wow! This was quite a read. This shocking story is about a mixed-race boy called Beck. It is set in the 1900s and his story starts with the transportation of this young, British orphan from Liverpool to Canada. He is sent to The Sisters of Mercy a children’s home run by the sadistic Catholic Brothers. As Beck says, “They aren’t sisters and they aren’t merciful”. They dreadfully abuse him. He is sent to work on a farm where the owners are cruel but he manages to run away. He then gets caught up with some rivals of Al Capone and the Purple Gang but due to the violence he runs away again. He finally meets Grace who is a rich landowner who employs him on her farm. Grace and Beck eventually make a loving home together. It is a powerfully written book and educates us about the hardships that Black people had to suffer in the last century. It is a stark reminder of how ridiculous racism is but is not suitable for children under 12 to read.

Posted on: 22nd May 2017 at 11:40 am

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