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Annotation: Beck, an orphan from England who is dumped in the New World by an uncaring system, navigates the Great Depression while struggling to overcome the agonies of his childhood.
Catalog Number: #138243
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 261 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-7842-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-97098-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-7842-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-97098-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017933647
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
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Word Count: 56,814
Reading Level: 5.4
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.4 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 188891 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.2 / points:15.0 / quiz:Q70638
Lexile: 790L

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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