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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (455 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jamila Gavin Narrator: Cornelius Garrett Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN:
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A tale of two cities Gloucester and London. A tale of two boys Toby, saved from an African slave ship, and Aaron, the illegitimate son of the heir to a great estate. A tale of fathers and sons Otis, dealing in the vilest trade of all, and his son Meshak, not quite of this world; Sir William Ashbrook, landowner, and Alexander, the son he disinherits...

An epic journey fraught with every danger and excitement, until love triumphs over hate and corruption, from bestselling author Jamila Gavin. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pen | 2/5/2014

    " This is a historical YA novel, carefully crafted and well written. It would make a great 'class reader' as there is so much to investigate and discuss. So much so in fact, that it seemed a little contrived. Personally, I don't enjoy gothic novels, although this would probably make it even more appealing to a younger reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 2/3/2014

    " absolutely beautiful. the original novel, the stage script, and the show are incredible. a little different each time but spectacular. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ari | 1/16/2014

    " The summary was too vague for my taste. But that's not really all that important, something that did really bother me about the book was how slow the plot dragged and how simplistic the plot was. It does not end 100% happily which was realistic but most characters were seen clearly in black or white. The few who had some 'gray' areas remained an unsatisfactory mystery, the reason as to why characters acted the way they did sometimes out of the blue, was never explained through dialogue or observation. (view spoiler)[ For example: why did Otis never get rid of Meshak? Was Otis a false 'Coram man' while his wife was still alive? If so, did she approve? If not, why did he start doing that? * (hide spoiler)] I think there needs to be a whole 'nother book on Otis, although that would be hard to stomach. There's SO MUCH going on this novel and unfortunately I didn't think the author was able to juggle everything. In the end while it may not have been happy, it was still very neat and convenient. Speaking of convenient, the magical/religious/fairy tale/what-have-you aspect of it made certain events more convenient but added nothing to the story. In fact I was confused more than anything. Oh and the AGES of the CHILDREN. I may be showing some ignorance/naivete but I had a really hard time believing two fourteen year olds as innocent as Melissa and Alexander could have sex. I would have believed it if they showed maturity. And I had a hard time picturing such daring eight year olds as Toby and Aaron.... I lapped up so much knowledge from this book about London in the 1750s, specifically concerning children's welfare. They were treated TERRIBLY especially the poor orphans. Even the wealthier children were still beaten or punished in some way into submission and they had little say in their future. Instead of parents being motivated by their terrible childhoods to change the way they raised their children, they continued the same awful traditions, sending them to the horrible Eton College or other harsh boarding schools (for boys). Girls were doomed to a life of monotony, if they were fortunate enough to be born welathy they could attend parties and art events, working class girls' lives were filled with work, work and more work. I couldn't believe it took so long for a Captain Coram to come along and try and start to change the way children were treated. He wanted to nurture them and make them self-sufficient. Furthermore, the way young Black children were treated! Toby is 'given' as a servant for life to the man who sponsored his stay at the Coram Hospital. This man, Mr. Gaddarn, dresses Toby up "like a miniature prince, in silk trousers and embroidered jacket with curling slippers and a bejewelled turban on his head. He would be given a silver platter laden with sweetmeats which he had to hand round to all the guests. The ladies adored him, and loved to bounce him on their knees, feed him sweets, and push their fingers under his turban to feel his extraordinarily crinkly hair" (pgs. 213-214). While I knew Black people were treated like animals back then, I had no idea that young boys (no mention was made of how young Black girls were treated but I can imagine *shudder*) were treated as 'pets' or 'playthings.' It was appalling to say the least. Coram Boy received a high rating for me because I love history so I found all the historical details enthralling to read about. The author covers a diverse aspect of perspectives in 18th century London, from the mentally ill Meshak to the former-slave Toby, each portrayal is respectful and eye-opening. At times the tales are gruesome, after all, Otis and Meshak bury BABIES ALIVE and the author describes their pitiful cries in great detail. It's tough to read about but it is rewarding to truly see how far we've come concerning children's welfare and yet, how far we still have to go. The plot and characters could have been more complex, the various story lines more deftly handled with a messier, authentic ending. The children acted more mature than their actual age in some regards but in others they were so naive (14 year olds having sex, the 14 year old girl freaking out about 'getting fat'). A most excellent read for delving into (and comparing) life in London and an English hamlet and how people dressed, spoke, acted and were treated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 1/13/2014

    " beautifully written and engaging. the author is not afraid to discuss difficult issues of trafficking, child abuse and racism in the safety of the historical fiction context. a must read for young readers and their parents! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 1/13/2014

    " I liked this book, the historical setting makes the story believable and entertaining, well written, very enjoyable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anthony Burt | 1/11/2014

    " On the surface this seemed like a great book - a growing-up tale based in 18th Century England with war as its backdrop. But, alas, the language was so jumbled I felt the story was quite inaccessible so I gave up after 60 pages. Sorry Jamila, you've got published and that is a truly fantastic achievement but I couldnt enjoy your story. All the best...! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/1/2014

    " As far as contemporary children's fiction goes, this was rather a beautiful story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 12/6/2013

    " It's sold as a kids' book, but it's for teenagers. The play at The National was waaay better though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlton | 12/4/2013

    " Fairy tale with a touch of distinction from the rest given its historic basis in the history of homes for orphaned children. Beyond that, however, it does not hold my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 10/15/2013

    " An interesting book, especially if you're interested in history and romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ddgarcia1861 | 9/4/2013

    " An enjoyable fast read. A YA book but still fairly intriguing for adults. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam Gilbert | 8/23/2013

    " Chockful of historical facts. That's why I liked this book. Not that the story wasn't good as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 6/3/2013

    " I thought that this was an exellent book. Although the way it jumped ahead ten years was slightly confusing. I would read it again any day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larosedepompadour | 4/13/2013

    " I found it hard to get into the story at first; however, I got motivated by the fact that babies were driven into such bad conditions and also the sad character of Meshak. I am not disappointed at all by the outcome of the story. It was worth carrying on reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 8/17/2012

    " I have read and re-read this book. I just love it. I first saw it on stage at The National Theatre which was an incredible production. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 12/29/2011

    " This book was amazing. Just amazing. It was told so vividly and really made the reader cry with all of it's loveable characters. Truly amazing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jellybean6401 | 11/16/2011

    " The book was really descriptive but the plot was boring and I didn't finish it because I wasn't really interested in what was happening in the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire O'Brien | 9/1/2011

    " Exciting, dark, scary and also full of hope. This compelling historical tale is fabulously well-written and keep children turning the pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ddgarcia1861 | 4/5/2011

    " An enjoyable fast read. A YA book but still fairly intriguing for adults. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amburrito | 1/31/2011

    " Beautiful story, but sad... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/12/2010

    " As far as contemporary children's fiction goes, this was rather a beautiful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/1/2009

    " I thought that this was an exellent book. Although the way it jumped ahead ten years was slightly confusing. I would read it again any day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlton | 1/30/2008

    " Fairy tale with a touch of distinction from the rest given its historic basis in the history of homes for orphaned children. Beyond that, however, it does not hold my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 6/21/2007

    " absolutely beautiful. the original novel, the stage script, and the show are incredible. a little different each time but spectacular. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 6/1/2007

    " It's sold as a kids' book, but it's for teenagers. The play at The National was waaay better though. "

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