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Title: My Name is Leon
Authors: De Waal, Kit
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 262
Year: 2016
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Language: English
Description: Nine-year-old Leon has already mastered some important life lessons and knows how to look after his new baby brother Jake; someone has to, as their mother Carol is not able to adequately care for her sons. When the inevitable happens and Leon and Jake come to the attention of Social Services, Jake is promptly adopted while Leon remains in foster care.

Set against the race riots of 1980s Britain, this is a moving, understated story, narrated by the endearing Leon, and that compassionately examines a fractured family at the mercy of others.
Categories: Fiction, Community, Contemporary, Grief/loss, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, England, 2019 Titles

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