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Mrs Parkin, Loreto College

Beck

This book comes with an advisory warning - 16+.
Therefore, my question is , why is it on the Carnegie Shortlist ? The audience at our school is Year 8 and some year 9's neither who have reached the age of 16.
However, I read the book. From the start the book reads like an adult book , not a children's book. The scene where Beck is abused is very descriptive , harrowing and distressing to read. Once he escapes brother Robert, Beck's life is really no better as he experiences another form of abuse at the hands of Mr and Mrs Giggs, who work him like a slave and virtually starve him, and because of his race refuse to let him sleep in the home. The whole book is to me distressing, although a very good story, but not suitable for children at all. My Head and I discussed it and we won't have it in our library . I'm sorry to see yet another questionable book on the Carnegie shortlist.A note to those who select the shortlist for next year - please select books that are suitable for 13 and 14 year old children.

Posted on: 5th April 2017 at 11:34 am

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