Beka Lamb:  by Zee  Edgell
171 pages, $14.50 list
1-4786-2941-X
978-1-4786-2941-2
Beka Lamb
Subtle yet rich descriptions of culture, society, and family life in Belize adorn Zee Edgell’s beautifully narrated story of a short time in the life of 14-year-old Beka Lamb. Through flashbacks, points on politics and independence are animated, since the political struggles for independence in Belize reflect Beka’s own developing maturity and need to assert herself.

Two main features of this heartwarming story are Beka’s penchant for lying and her relationship with her older friend Troycie, whose troubling choices lead her down a self-destructive path. The pride of winning an essay contest at her convent school releases Beka’s grief over Troycie and empowers her to embrace the next phase of her life.