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Anila , King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

Beck

Beck is a wonderfully written book that follows the journey of a half-caste boy named Beck as he finds his place in the world. With him being an orphan,Beck struggles to fit in, and not to mention the fact that he also is a coloured boy; something that was looked down upon in those times.
This book touches on many issues and conflicts in society, although the biggest would have to be racial prejudice. Throughout the book,Beck is constantly oppressed, he has to deal with all the derogatory terms and accusations thrown at him that are based on his skin colour. His life is made even more difficult by the way he is treated, he isn't given the same opportunities as that of someone without coloured skin. Rather being some fictional idea in the book, this racial prejudice is a reality for some, even now in this modern society, which makes this book much more hard-hitting if we realise that some of the things that happen to Beck are certainly not abnormal.
What I admired was that even though this book was written by two authors there is no sudden change that indicates where one author began writing and the other stopped.
Overall,I would recommend this book, however I advise that the age guidance (16+) must be considered due to the fact extremely mature themes are dealt with in this book. However if you feel up to the challenge, and are mature enough to read this book then I'd say this is a worthwhile read!

Posted on: 5th April 2017 at 08:26 am

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