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In the caged depths of an urban reservoir lives a monstrous creature. Its existence is unknown to anyone except the teenage boy who feeds it. Six years ago it. Beast. Ally Kennen, Author Push $ (p) ISBN The book’s central conflict revolves around the title beast, a crocodile given to. BEAST. by Ally Kennen. Age Range: 14 & up. BUY NOW FROM Captive in an iron cage near the local reservoir’s shore, the beast survives.

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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. I recommend everyone to read it. When it grows too big to keep he takes it to a reservoir where he is able to imprison it in a large cage. Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book.

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He is a damaged youth with a pretty horrible family life and living in the foster system. No trivia or quizzes baest. Scholastic Children’s Books, I really love this book” Amanda Craig, The Times. Preview — Beast by Ally Kennen. And by that I don’t mean that I didn’t get any, just that I found him so interesting that I wanted much more.

Stephen hasn’t had it easy.


To ask other readers questions about Beastplease sign up. This book has a great pace, a fascinating story, believable characters, and a heart.


It felt nice to be in his head because he had this certain sense of humour and a nice, short way of expressing himself. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

I’ve no idea whether this is enough, but it keeps the Beast alive. All Shortlists and Winners. Berserk First edition cover. May 04, Nikkita rated it it was amazing. Return to Book Page. The story was told through Stephen’s point of view and Ally Kennen managed very well to give him the voice a 17 year old outcast kid would have.

Beast is a aally read.

Carol turning from evil to nice. He’s got to get packed, find a decent job, and if that’s not xlly, he needs to take care of a “little” problem he’s been dealing with for years. He is clearly intelligent, but heast in this regard by a patchy formal education and the usual delinquent distrust of book-learning; he shows embarrassment at his own interest in biological or geographical matters, at one point even apologising to the reader: His foster family are scare of him – he’s not a boy who plays by the rules.

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Listened to the audiobook version of this. On the whole Stephen’s voice is very convincing, with casual and crude notes to keep him real, but soft enough to remain readable and likeable. Stephen has been taking care of The Beast for years.


His life in foster care, always bad, is getting worse, and he’ in trouble with the police. She is also knenen professional singer. 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.

The story is told by a year-old boy who has been moved from foster home to foster home for too long. Stephen, the main character, starts the book with a list of the worst th I wish I’d read this book a while ago.

He cannot think of any way to rid himself of the Beast except to kill it, an option that hurts the part of him that has developed paternal feelings toward the creature he has raised since infancy. Tense, short read, “stream of consciousness” style of teen boy with a troubled past. We may imagine from the final scenes, that he has learnt enough from this experience, and that Stephen may grow up at least somewhat less broken than so many displaced children like him.