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Dana, Chobham Academy Book Group


I have to admit that I struggle with Meg Rosoff as an author, but have always enjoyed Mal Peet. So I felt there was a good chance that I would like this book. I also had the same initial feelings about Patrick Ness completing Siobhan Dowd's book with Monsters of Men. I absolutely loved that book and every student I recommended it to in the past also fell in love with it. I wish I could say the same and recommend this book.
Mal Peet's books were always so meticulously written and plotted and I was very disappointed when a whole section of this book between leaving the Giggs' farm and arriving in Windsor, Ontario to live with Bone and Irma was explained only in a few paragraphs and a new section page in the book. There was another large gap and new section when Bone loses two hundred dollars ( a vast sum of money in those days) and ends up on the Canadian prairie with Grace. There is a third gap when he leaves Grace. Peet would never had left these huge gaps in the story even in the vast wilds and flat prairies of Canada.
Beck had an amazing story to tell, but it wasn't very satisfying with so much left out.

Posted on: 5th June 2017 at 01:07 pm

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