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Beck

While this novel was preceded by multiple warnings of its mature content (which does make one question its inclusion on this list), I found it to be well-handled piece. I enjoyed the story of Beck, whose life, from the opening line, we know will be a tough one. The narrative develops in an understated manner with much evocative imagery used. It felt a little bit rushed towards the end, although that is not to say that Meg Rosoff did not do a good job in completing Mal Peet’s novel.
Unfortunately it may not be read all student shadowers and for that reason I do not think it a choice for winning the Carnegie Medal this year.

Posted on: 6th June 2017 at 12:30 pm

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