Pigeon English (Paperback)
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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 11/10/2012
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Newly arrived from Ghana with his mother and older sister, Harrison Opoku lives on the ninth floor of a block of flats on a London housing estate. The (second) best runner in the whole of Year 7, Harri races through his new life in his personalised trainers - the Adidas stripes drawn on in marker pen - unaware of the danger growing around him. But when a boy is knifed to death on the high street and a police appeal for witnesses draws only silence, Harri decides to start a murder investigation of his own. In doing so, he unwittingly breaks the fragile web his mother has spun around her family to keep them safe. Harri will come face to face with the very real dangers surrounding him. A powerful, unforgettable tale, importantly relevant for young adult readers of today. Includes a Q&A with the author, Stephen Kelman, and a piece about what inspired him to write Pigeon English.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408828205
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 199 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The humour, the resilience, the sheer ebullience of its narrator - a hero for our times - should ensure the book becomes, deservedly, a classic * Daily Mail *
This is a book which needs to be read and discussed in years 10 and above * School Librarian *
Pigeon English would be on the curriculum. This is an extraordinary book. Everyone should read it -- Interview with Kate Humble, 'What she would change about the world if she was Queen' * Stylist *

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“Worth a read”

As someone who has worked on inner city estates with gang affected young people for many years I felt that this book provides a realistic portrayal of the pressures young people face living in deprived neighbourhoods.... More

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“Interesting and Impressive”

Apparently, this novel was plucked from the 'slush pile' by an agent and was then sold for a six-figure sum after a round of frenzied bids were made by various publishers. Kelman grew up on a council estate... More

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“Touching story of childhood innocence”

Harri, newly arrived from Ghana with half of his family, takes us round his new home and introduces us to the wonder and peculiarity of his new country, England. Though the grim reality of knife crime overshadows the... More

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