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From Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet comes a sweeping coming-of-age adventure, both harrowing and life-affirming.

Born of a brief encounter between a Liverpool prostitute and an African soldier in 1907, Beck finds himself orphaned as a young boy and sent overseas to the Catholic Brothers in Canada. At age fifteen he is sent to work on a farm, from which he eventually escapes. Finally in charge of his own destiny, Beck starts westward, crossing the border into America and back, all while the Great Depression rages on. What will it take for Beck to understand the agonies of his childhood and realize that love is possible?

Author: Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 04/11/2017
Pages: 272
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.00lbs
Size: 8.60h x 5.60w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9780763678425
Age Range: 16-UP

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.4
Point Value: 9
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 188891 / Beck

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 02/15/2017 pg. 131
Publishers Weekly 02/27/2017
Booklist 03/01/2017 pg. 62
School Library Journal 03/01/2017 pg. 149
BookPage 04/01/2017
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2017
Voice of Youth Advocates 04/01/2017 - Recommended - Hard To Beat
Shelf Awareness 04/11/2017
Horn Book Magazine 05/01/2017 pg. 101

About the Author
Mal Peet (1947-2015) was a critically acclaimed and award-winning writer. Besides his young-adult fiction, he wrote several illustrated books for younger children with his wife, Elspeth Graham.

Meg Rosoff is the author of How I Live Now, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award. She also received the Carnegie Medal and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and was named a National Book Award Finalist. Meg Rosoff completed Mal Peet's unfinished novel, a promise she made him before he died. She lives in London.

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