Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

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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.
 

About Stephen Kelman

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Stephen Kelman grew up in the housing projects of Luton, England. He has worked as a careworker, a warehouse operative, in marketing, and in local government administration. Pigeon English was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Desmond Elliot prizes and was named a "best first novel of 2011"* in his native England; it has been published in twenty countries. *Waterstone's bookstore
 
Published July 19, 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 289 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The author of the Booker-shortlisted tale of a stabbing on a London estate and the young boy from Ghana who investigates it, explains how he was inspired to write the book Read the first chapter of Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

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When Harri's friend is murdered outside the local takeaway – his football boots hanging in tribute on the railings – Harri knows that getting behind the police tape, to the truth, isn't a game.

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