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)