Wednesday, 22 August 2007


AUTHOR: Jamila Gavin


DATE READ: July 2007

NOTES: Coram Boy is set in 18th century England and contrasts lives of the fortunate and unfortunate children of the times. Well written beginning given a horrific picture of child trafficking and murder. Unfortunately it all becomes a bit predictable – abandoned child is reunited with his parents, bad people get their just desserts etc. Not sure which age group this book was aimed at. Concepts such as pregnancy outside marriage, selling of young children into slavery and infanticide suggest it is aimed at 12 – 13 year olds. However the actual writing is very simple and the main boys are aged nine.

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