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Beast

by Ally Kennen

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If it wasn't for the fact this was the only book I had at the time, I never would have finished it. Cannot recommend. ( )
  ThePageturners | Mar 6, 2014 |
Beast is a bizarre read. Stephen, our main character, has experienced a rough up bringing and is not comfortable at his current foster home. Despite his discomfort he dreads being placed in a group home when he is too old for foster care. Furthermore, he has a 12 foot beast of a problem that he knows he will not be able to take care of when he is forced to leave his current foster home. The characters feel real and the events seem plausible, despite the outlandish idea of a crocodile thriving in a cage in a reservoir in chilly England. Many have noted that this book is good for reluctant readers. Alcohol use, drug use, some mentions of porn, and the complexity of Stephen's history make this a book that is better for high schoolers than middle schoolers. ( )
  MissyAnn | Sep 28, 2012 |
In the depths of a reservoir lives a monstrous creature. Its existence is unknown to anyone except the teenage boy who feeds it. Six years ago it was a vicious little baby. Now it has grown huge, and its rusting cage can't hold it much longer... Stephen is a boy with many secrets, and the Beast is the biggest. His life in foster care, always bad, is getting worse, and he' in trouble with the police. All the odds are against him finding a decent place in the world, but his efforts to free himself o the Beast make him a hero that readers will never forget. Review from www.googlebooks.com - 12/02/2012
  nicsreads | Feb 11, 2012 |
Contains some profanity, but an entertaining read about a boy who has a "small" problem that has grown into a 12 foot problem!
Read it because it was recommended in one of Atwell's reading books as a great choice for reluctant readers. ( )
  JRlibrary | Apr 20, 2011 |
The book is full of action and you won’t be able to put it down. AHS/CP
  edspicer | May 19, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439865506, Paperback)

A startling new voice in UK fiction comes to PUSH.

Stephen hasn't had it easy. He's now in foster care because his mom is crazy and his dad is an ex-con vagabond. He's always in trouble or on his way to trouble. But none of these problems compare to the problem of the Beast -- a fierce crocodile that Stephen's been taking care of for years. The Beast is Stephen's biggest secret -- and also his biggest challenge. And that's when it's in a cage. When the Beast escapes, the stakes get even higher.
With a keen eye and a startling voice, Ally Kennen joins the ranks of Kevin Brooks and Chris Wooding on the cutting edge of YA fiction.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:24 -0400)

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Summary: In the depths of a reservoir lives a monstrous creature. Its existence is unknown to anyone except the teenage boy who feeds it. Six years ago it was a vicious little baby. Now it has grown huge, and its rusting cage can't hold it much longer...Stephen is a boy with many secrets, and the Beast is the biggest. His life in foster care, always bad, is getting worse, and he's in trouble with the police. All the odds are against him finding a decent place in the world, but his efforts to free himself of the Beast make him a hero that readers will never forget.… (more)

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