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?
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|Lexile ® Measure||790L|
|Product Type||Paperback Books|
|Book Type||Young Adult Novels|
|Additional Contributor||Meg Rosoff|
|Primary Contributor||Mal Peet|
|Age Groups||Ages 16 to 18|