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My Name is Leon Free download Û 105 ï ➭ [Ebook] ➨ My Name is Leon By Kit de Waal ➹ – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk It's 1981 a year of riots and royal weddings The Dukes of Hazzard is on TV and Curly Wurlys are in the shops And trying to find a place in it all is young LeonLeon is nine and has a perfect baby broth It's a It's a year of riots and royal weddings The Dukes of Hazzard is on TV and Curly Wurlys are in the shops And trying to find a place in it all is young LeonLeon is nine and has a perfect baby brother called Jake They have gone My Name PDFEPUB or to live with Maureen who has fuzzy red hair like a halo a belly like Father Christmas and mutters swearwords under her breath when she thinks can't hear Maureen feeds and lo. Was a sad read Thought was going to come of the end Loved the characters Heartbreaking at times

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Ke 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 mumEvoking a Britain of the early eighties My Name is Leon is a story of love identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss Of the fierce bond between siblings And how – just when we least expect it – we somehow manage to find our way hom. A tender beautifully rendered narrative that captures the voice and perspective of a vulnerable child with intelligence and clarity Leon is nine the son of Carol a broken young white woman and a disappeared West Indies man He is also a doting and careful big brother to baby Jake stepping into the role of caregiver as his mother slides into catatonia After Carol has a mental breakdown brought on by drugs prostitution and the massive weight of poverty Leon and Jake are placed in foster care Jake—cuddly white Leon and Jake share a mother but have different fathers—is easily adopted Leon heartbroken must navigate the world alone But the beauty of this lovely and loving novel is the hope Kit de Waal offers Resilience and human kindness are recurring themes even if those humans who extend a hand are deeply flawed Despite being caught up in an overburdened social service system Leon is lifted by the warm embrace of his foster mother Maureen and her crusty sister Sylvia and by the gentle instruction of Tufty a West Indies man who gardens at a public allotment and his rival Mr Devlin de Waal maintains a taut thread of tension that shadows the story in wobbly dread and I won't relieve that tension here but ultimately this novel shines with redemptionSet against the backdrop of Britain in the early 80s when Irish republican hunger strikes and the police brutality against people of color sparked riots My Name is Leon is also in intensely political book The reader sees this world through Leon's eyes a child who is a keen observer of things he doesn't understand but works diligently to sort out Gentle intelligent thoughtful and compassionate this novel was a joy to read Highly recommended

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My Name is LeonOks after them and claims everything will be okayBut will they ever see their mother again Who are the couple who secretly visit Joke The adults are speaking in low voices and wearing pretend faces They are threatening to take Jake away and give him to strangers Because Jake is white and Leon is not As Leon struggles to cope with his anger certain things can still make him smile – like Curly Wurlys riding his bi. I was hooked again Another book where the narrative is from a child's perspective and I couldn't resist the opportunity to get an advance copy Leon though is a little different from the precocious narrators I've fallen in love with who are sometimes wiser than the adults This one is about a kid who really isn't uite sure what's happening around him and it's just so sad watching him try to make sense of it all He may not understand but Leon is smart enough to try and take care of his baby brother Jake when his mother is unable to do so It starts out happily enough with the birth of Jake but it doesn't take long for things to go terribly wrong It wasn't long before I had that same pain in my gut as I did for Easter and Ruby in This Dark Road to Mercy These are different stories and Ruby and Easter are kept together and not separated as Leon and Jake are Separated because it's easier to place a white baby than it is to place an eight year old biracial half white half black boy As adults we know that life isn't fair but how do you explain to an eight year old boy who has been abandoned by his father endured what no child should endure with his mother's mental illness and drug addiction why he can't go with his baby brother to be adopted Maureen a foster care giver who takes Leon in is a favorite character who genuinely cares about what happens to him and the impact of his separation from his mother and brother have on him When she becomes ill her sister Sylvia cares for Leon Time passes and Leon turns ten with no clear plans for his future on the part of Social Services Leon on the other hand is very clear about what he wants to do He will find his brother and his mother and take care of them both He finds his way to the allotments learns to plant a garden and makes friends with Devlin a former IRA member and Tufty a West Indian man and activist and things go terribly wrong again as Leon finds himself in the middle of race riots This is a commentary on a number of issues the racism and the riots in Britain in the 1980's the short comings of the child welfare system but at its heart it is the sad story of a boy who will steal your heart The reader shouldn't let the simple language and style and the fact that it reads uickly fool them into thinking that this is not a story of substance Kit de Waal describes in an interview which appears at the end of the book The most challenging aspect was thinking all the time about what is important to a child versus what we as adults noticeI tried to simplify the language of the book as much as possibleThe author has intimate knowledge of the story she tells She's mixed race herself has two adopted children of mixed race and has worked in the foster care system for a number of years I highly recommend this book which most of the time time is heartbreaking but yet offers us some hope for a little boy named Leon I can't imagine anyone reading this book and not falling in love with himThanks to VikingSimon Schuster and Edelweiss