My Name Is Leon

My Name Is Leon

Large Print - 2017
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1980: Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas. But the adults are speaking in low voices and wearing Pretend faces. They are threatening to give Jake to strangers. As Leon struggles to cope with his anger, certain things can still make him smile - like chocolate bars, riding his bike fast downhill, burying his hands deep in the soil, hanging out with Tufty (who reminds him of his dad), and stealing enough coins so that one day he can rescue Jake and his mum...
Publisher: Leicester : Thorpe, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781444832082
Characteristics: 335 p. (large print) ; 24 cm.

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Mar 21, 2017

This is a lovely book, told without sentimentality. Leon's voice is very well done. Unfortunately, although there are some kind and caring people, Leon's experience does not correspond to the majority of children in care.

archreads Feb 14, 2017

Told from 9 year old Leon's perspective, this debut takes place in England in the 1970's.
It is a well written and very touching commentary on foster care and multiple social issues. Even with all the obstacles in his path, Leon is very inspirational.

Feb 03, 2017

Such a great story. Two brothers who end up in foster care, then these boys get parted. Told through the eyes of an 9 year old. It's very touching & insightful. It's a sad story & yet at the same time comforting. We live in a world gone wrong but there is still hope out there. Well done Kit De Waal.

Sep 26, 2016

Heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. Leon's courage and anger are so relatable and you just want to see him reunited with his family.

jabberbooky Sep 23, 2016

Interesting insights into the tricky world of foster care. In this case in England. There is racism, but there is hope also. I especially enjoyed Leon's voice as he describes his life as it happens to him.

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