My Name is Leon (Penguin, 2017)

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Title:

My Name is Leon

Author:

Kit de Waal

Review…

Opinion in short:

This one is a beauty.

It’s about the journey of an 8 year old boy into foster care. It’s both a moving and uplifting book. It might be about “work stuff” for many of us – but it reinforces all the reasons why we do the job – to help troubled kids get through tough stuff!

 

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Strengths:

  • The 8 year old, Leon, is the narrator and Kit de Waal somehow manages to make this work extremely well.
  • There are no stereotypes in this book. No easy villains or shiny heroes – just real people doing their best, even when this isn’t good enough for the child!
  • There is a vein of humour running through the whole story, despite the challenges Leon and his family face. I laughed out loud a few times!
  • There is tragedy too, but it’s neither dark nor diluted. It’s very believable and captures the human reality of difficult lives without either denegrating or martyring those involved.
  • Anyone who works with children and families facing big problems will relate to this book and characters within. And you’ll enjoy it too.
  • Above all, this story gives real insight into the perspectives of children in foster care – this is what impacted me most reading this book.

Weaknesses:

  • None really – a thoroughly enjoyable read!

If you’re not much of a reader, I highly recommend the audiobook version. Lenny Henry narrates it and is superb. He manages to make each character both unique and believable – and the Birmingham accent really adds something of its own.


Check out my new eBook here… ‘Looking After No.1 – Self-Care for People Working with Troubled Children’

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Photo courtesy of © 123rf/Ion Chiosea (adapted)

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