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My Name Is Leon

Kit de Waal

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

For fans of The Language of Flowers, a sparkling, big-hearted, pause-resisting debut set in the 1970s about a young black boy's quest to reunite with his beloved white half brother after they are separated in foster care. Leon loves chocolate bars, Saturday morning cartoons, and his beautiful, golden-haired baby brother. When Jake is born, Leon pokes his head in the crib and says, "I'm your brother. Big brother. My. Name. Is. Leon. I am eight and three quarters. I am a boy." Jake will play with no one but Leon, and Leon is determined to save him from any pain and earn that sparkling baby laugh every chance he can. But Leon isn't in control of this world where adults say one thing and mean another, and try as he might he can't protect his little family from everything. When their mother falls victim to her inner demons, strangers suddenly take Jake away; after all, a white baby is easy to adopt while a half-black nine-year-old faces a less certain fate. Vowing to get Jake back by any means necessary, Leon's own journey - on his brand-new BMX bike - will carry him through the lives of a doting but ailing foster mother, Maureen; Maureen's cranky and hilarious sister, Sylvia; a social worker Leon knows only as "The Zebra"; and a colorful community of local gardeners and West Indian political activists. Told through the perspective of nine-year-old Leon, too innocent to entirely understand what has happened to him and baby Jake but determined to do what he can to make things right, he stubbornly, endearingly struggles his way through a system much larger than he can tackle on his own. My Name Is Leon is a vivid, gorgeous, and uplifting story about the power of love, the unbreakable bond between brothers, and the truth about what, in the end, ultimately makes a family.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Madeleine Maby

Length:

7h 52m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:33


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:30


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:40


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:40


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

10:14


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:19


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

18:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:31


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:49


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:29


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:57


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

19:21


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

21:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

27:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

10:28


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

10:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

13:59


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

16:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

15:52


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:15


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:43


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

17:59


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:31


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

00:34