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Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
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Apr 12, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: childrens, historical, 18th-century
Recommended for: anybody who enjoys young adult novels
Read in April, 2009 , read count: 1

An excellent young adult novel, set in the 18th century, in which a complex storyline delivers everything you could expect from a novel, whether it’s written for kids or adults. And what originality!

There’s romance here and love, as well as thrilling action; there are scenes of realistic horror that disturbed even this reader; there’s pathos and chaos, plenty of moral messages (although the story is never preachy) and, most of all, the positive and touching value of true friendship.

Gavin hasn’t just done her homework in regards to the period – Coram Boy lives and breathes the mid-18th century, revealing the simple nature of country life, the rich and poor divide, and the corrupt lives of the richest of the rich. It paints a vivid backdrop of city and country life, but the real heart of the story lies in the characters.

All of them are larger than life, but never caricatures; they tug at the heart strings and inspire the reader at the same time. Gavin clearly knows what makes people tick and her story is utterly enthralling as a result of that. A well-written masterpiece, this reaches levels that Harry Potter can only dream about.
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