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Mimi, Chobham Academy Book Group


Beck was brilliant. You follow Beck a black orphan boy who grew up in Liverpool and was then taken, by ship, to Canada. Whilst living with brothers (monks) he endures torture and rape. Afterwards, he is sent to a farm, whilst in the farm he is forced into unpaid manual labour, inches from slavery. You follow him as he escapes, with stolen goods, and runs. He grows up quickly and this is where I find a quibble. One chapter he is about 11, the next 17. It is incredibly difficult to follow this and create an image of a boy who is growing up in seconds. There is constant creation and theft of hope, causing frustration, fear and anxiety. The tributaries of negative emotions flow into the river of positive ones, causing it to flood.

Posted on: 13th June 2017 at 01:03 pm

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