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.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"A tenderly told story of a difficult time in a little boy's life."

"Wide ranging appeal. The language is occasionally profane, but appropriate."

"Wonderfully realistic characters."

"It is a powerful story. I will now look for the author's earlier works."

"An endearing story, but I was so worried for Leon that I was really tempted to read the last few pages to see what happened."

"A time of racial tension and unrest in Britain underpins the action and is well integrated into the story."

"A very moving tale."

"Very thought-provoking, essentially about the welfare of children with absent or inadequate parents."
Categories: Fiction, Community, Contemporary, Grief/loss, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, England, 2019 Titles


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