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My Name Is Leon

(2016)
A novel by

 
Awards
Costa Book Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
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.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: My Name Is Leon
Author(s): Kit de Waal
ISBN: 1-5011-1745-9 / 978-1-5011-1745-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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June 2016 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: My Name Is Leon
Author(s): Kit de Waal
ISBN: 0-241-20708-8 / 978-0-241-20708-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Paperback Editions

July 2017 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: My Name Is Leon: A Novel
Author(s): Kit de Waal
ISBN: 1-5011-1746-7 / 978-1-5011-1746-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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March 2017 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: My Name Is Leon
Author(s): Kit de Waal
ISBN: 0-241-97338-4 / 978-0-241-97338-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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May 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: My Name Is Leon
Author(s): Kit de Waal
ISBN: 0-241-20709-6 / 978-0-241-20709-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

July 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: My Name Is Leon
Author(s): Kit de Waal
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon   

June 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: My Name Is Leon
Author(s): Kit de Waal
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
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June 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: My Name Is Leon
Author(s): Kit de Waal
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

July 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: My Name Is Leon
Author(s): Kit de Waal
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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June 2016 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: My Name Is Leon
Author(s): Kit de Waal
Publisher: Penguin
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