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authors: Mal Peet; Meg Rosoff

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

“Whether a hardened heart can — or should — leave itself vulnerable to love is brilliantly explored in this powerful, beautifully written coming-of-age odyssey.” — Shelf Awareness (starred review)
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Young Adult Novel / Paperback
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16 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
272 / 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
grade range:
Grade 11 and up
Boys & Men; Historical; Social Themes;
author’s comments:
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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