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Beast Paperback – 29 Jun 2006

4.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books; 1 edition (29 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439951046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439951043
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,228,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really love this book... BEAST should be a monster hit --Amanda Craig, The Times

BEAST has a tension that never lets up. Ally Kennen is a remarkably assured writer --The Independent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"An astounding debut, exciting and humorous, about a monstrous create that lives in the depths of a reservoir." (The Guardian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hi there. The last reviewer, Harver, gave this book one star because it was too mature for his/her son. I don't see how this is a reason to slate a book. Beast is a Young Adult novel and the protagonist is 17 years old. Rate it on the writing not the fact that someone too young for it managed to get their hands on it. I guarantee they hear worse in the playground anyway.

Beast has an intense stream of conciousness feel and Stephen is a very likeable narrator despite law-breaking tendencies. I enjoyed it very much.
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This is a great book! It is an easy read but enthralling. Ally Kennen keeps the reader on beastie hooks! The beasts true nature is tantalisingly revealed little by little. By the time you know what it is you can't put the book down because you're so into it! A+
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The author has created an excellent story which combines suspense and tension with a down to earth lead character who is easy to empathise with. The language used is simple but charming, for example she likened the grassy bit in the middle of a country road to a mohican haircut. These little things tickled me! It had substance too. Beast is aimed, I should think, at a teenage market, but that shouldn't put adults off buying this. I've enjoyed all the Harry Potter books and I'm 32!
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I fell in love with Beast's narrator on the first page when he lists all the bad things he's done. Most of these, which have led to him being "in care", are pretty minor but two are not - and one might kill him. This is the existence of the monster growing in the marsh, which he must feed. Each week it grows stronger, and more likely to break out of its cage....

The monster is very real (and an urban legedn) but also a metaphor for Stephen himself. Is he going to make a future, or become a crook like his father? How can he atone for his involvement in his brother's death? What is he going to do to his foster-sister?

The author apparently grew up with foster children, and it shows. If you're the kind of reader who gets shocked by a few swear-words, don't bother. But if you want a wonderful, well-written, realistic, seat-of-the-pants thriller about a teenager, this is it.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Sept. 2007
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If you like the Sci-fi channel offered by your local cable company, you will want to read BEAST by Ally Kennen. Its mysterious beginning will grab your attention, and the rest of the book will have you on the edge of your seat.

Stephen has been living in foster homes for years. The family he has been with the past four years hasn't been half bad, but he's reached the age limit for foster care and is about to be sent packing. He's got to get packed, find a decent job, and if that's not enough, he needs to take care of a "little" problem he's been dealing with for years.

It's the Beast - a twelve-foot crocodile he's raised from a baby. His father gave it to him six years ago for his birthday. No one knows the thing is still alive. Stephen has been keeping it in a watery cage near the local reservoir. Now that he is leaving his foster home, he's got to do something with the Beast. Its cage is becoming dangerously unsafe and finding food is an increasing problem. What can he do? Should he let someone else know about the creature? Can anyone else even help?

Kennen's early chapters leave room for speculation that soon change to a frantic, desperate tone. BEAST contains the stuff of nightmares and is sure to entertain even the most reluctant reader.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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Read mostly all of Kennen's book and this was the first book I read that Iactually wanted to read, (not like at school when the teacher gives you a book and you pretend to read it) I couldn't put this book down, I kept wanting to know what happened . Great book in my opinion and recommend it to all. Even tried to get some of my friends to read it.
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