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ISBN13: 9781408810637
ISBN10: 1408810638
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Intelligent, observant. --The New Yorker

If your patrons liked Roddy Doyle's Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and if they rooted for Jamal Malik in Slumdog Millionaire, they will love Harri Opoku. --Library Journal, starred review

In turns funny and tragic . . . Its message is universal. -Huffington Post

Advise yourself Jump into Pigeon English and experience the jubilant, infectious voice of Harrison Opoku--a boy awed by the city, obsessed with gummy candy, a friend to everyone he meets. See why he is bo-styles. How being the fastest runner in Year 7 makes him dope-fine. And how crazy things get when Harri and his best friend launch their own investigation into the murder of a classmate and one of the Dell Farm Crew's hutious criminals feels them closing in on him. You'll want this book to last donkey hours, and you'll see why Harri is truly a hero for our times.*

Like Room . . . and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time . . . Pigeon English is a novel for adults told in the remarkable voice of a child. In this fine company, Kelman's novel stands out. --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Since Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, there have been certain rules observed when children play detective. Stephen Kelman throws them all out. --Christian Science Monitor

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Leonard J Thomas, September 6, 2011 (view all comments by Leonard J Thomas)
I highly recommend this book which was just shortlisted for the Booker Award. It's narrated by a young Ghanan boy who lives in London with his mother and older sister, all the while waiting and hoping that they will be joined by his father and baby sister still in Ghana. He's attracted to the street gangs but remains just outside their circle, fully aware and engaged with them as classmates and through his sister. When a fellow schoolmate is killed, presumably by one of the ganf=gs, he sets out to investigate and find his killer. He speaks a street language-English mix and it takes some getting used to. He's smart, a fast runner and careful not to get too close to all the dangers of living in a new land with new customs and values. I was frustrated at times by his seeming inability to put the puzzle of his life together but was ultimately guilty of my own. It left me haunted and sad. A well-writted debut novel.
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Kelman, Stephen
Bloomsbury UK
Literature-A to Z
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