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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful , Thoughtful Read, Sept. 20 2011
This review is from: Pigeon English (Hardcover)
Pigeon Engish is a rewarding, insightful read as well as being quite heart breaking at times.

Harri, along with his sister and mother, has recently moved from Ghana to an impoverished inner city highrise project. Harri makes a convincing eleven year old narrator, both spirited and good -hearted, in contrast to the tragedy that surround shim in the form of poverty, street gangs, prostitution and gangs.

Harri finds himself equally repelled and fascinated by the crime that surrounds him as he tries to navigate his new life.

When a boy is " chooked" or stabbed dead while Harri looks on from a distance, he begins his own murder investigation, using sellotape to gather finger prints , among other methods of investigation.

I was deeply touched by and saddened by many elements of this story , knowing that much of what is described is a reality for impoverished inner city dwellers. The book gave me a great deal of insight into the recent riots in the UK.

A powerful and heartbreaking novel.

Very much recommended
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