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Pigeon English - Stephen Kelman
Pigeon English
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Lying in front of Harrison Opoku is a body, the body of one of his classmates, a boy known for his crazy basketball skills, who seems to have been murdered for his dinner. Armed with a pair of camouflage binoculars and detective techniques absorbed from television shows like CSI, Harri and his... show more
Lying in front of Harrison Opoku is a body, the body of one of his classmates, a boy known for his crazy basketball skills, who seems to have been murdered for his dinner. Armed with a pair of camouflage binoculars and detective techniques absorbed from television shows like CSI, Harri and his best friend, Dean, plot to bring the perpetrator to justice. They gather evidence—fingerprints lifted from windows with tape, a wallet stained with blood—and lay traps to flush out the murderer. But nothing can prepare them for what happens when a criminal feels you closing in on him. Recently emigrated from Ghana with his sister and mother to London’s enormous housing projects, Harri is pure curiosity and ebullience—obsessed with gummy candy, a friend to the pigeon who visits his balcony, quite possibly the fastest runner in his school, and clearly also fast on the trail of a murderer. Told in Harri's infectious voice and multicultural slang, Pigeon English follows in the tradition of our great novels of friendship and adventure, as Harri finds wonder, mystery, and danger in his new, ever-expanding world.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780547500607 (0547500602)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 263
Edition language: English
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So Many Books...So Little Time!
So Many Books...So Little Time! rated it
4.0
I should probably write a long detailed review of this book; it really deserves it. But I am not the most articulate person and I don't feel I could give it it's due praise in words that would convey how I felt about it.I should have known that reading a book in a language other than my own would be...
To Shoot or Not to Shoot
To Shoot or Not to Shoot rated it
3.0 Pigeon English
I brought this home from the library because of the description of the 2 characters - a boy from Ghana in London and a pigeon - but when I looked more closely the real focus of the book is a South London housing estate so I started off a bit on the wrong foot. I did like it - I enjoyed the speech of...
Barrita
Barrita rated it
No es facil leer jerga infantil extranjera, al menos no para mi, pero me gustó el estilo y la historia es lo suficientemente fuera de lo común para quedarse en mi memoria por un buen tiempo.
jbradway
jbradway rated it
5.0 Pigeon English
Loved this.Harri has recently emigrated to London from Ghana with one of his two sisters and his mom; the father and sibling are coming later. He's eleven and discovering the ins and outs of urban gangs, middle school crushes, sport. It's a pretty rich ground in which to plant a good mystery.Harri a...
carey
carey rated it
Apparently this is going to become a classic to be read in every school as a textbook - my answer is just too cynical.
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