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The Boyhood Of Burglar Bill

3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  6 reviews

Coronation Year, 1953, and in Oldbury a Coronation football competition is organized. The boys from the bottom pitch get a team up, but there's no chance they'll win, of course. They're just the odds and sods - one of them is even a girl - but they're all football crazy and ready and eager to beat off the opposition.

A funny and moving story of football and friendship in a

Published (first published March 6th 2008)
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My first book by Allan Alhberg and didnt really know what to expect from this childrens author. Previous books include Burgular Bill as a charactor and I wasnt sure if I was reading from the authors imagination or an autobiographical piece. Times online reviews this book as the 2nd installment of Allans autobiography for readers age 9+.

From the Midlands myself I enjoyed the local descriptions of places I know but as the mother of a 9 year old girl I think she would find the football story borin
Diane Dukes
I enjoyed the nostalgic images. it is close to my era and some of the characters I am sure I have met in some ways. As they say the names are changed to protect the guilty err sorry innocent.
Joanne Eaves
I loved this evocative, bittersweet book. It even made me nostalgic for a chilhood not my own (being set about 25 years too early). All the preoccupations of primary school children, as I remember them, are recognisable and brilliantly brought to life. Even for someone like me, with absolutely no interest in football, it is genuinely exciting and the ending (nothing to do with football) genuinely sad. Although supposedly a children's book, I think there is more here to appeal to adults.
This was thought provoking and moving and entertaining.

Perhaps more for adults than children? Who knows, some might enjoy it if they can cope with the historical context. The subject matter is engaging enough and the soccer descriptions fabulous. The kids in the book are 10 though, and I'm guessing not all that many kids of that age would be confident and sophisticated enough readers to enjoy it.

Anyway, a wonderful book.
Apr 25, 2008 Rachel marked it as to-read
Nominated for the Carnegie Medal (UK)
Gentle story from a better era:)
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Allan Ahlberg, one of the most acclaimed and successful authors of children's books - including the best-selling Jolly Postman series - says that he dreamed of becoming a writer since the age of twelve. But his route to that goal was somewhat circuitous.

Other jobs along the way included postman (not an especially jolly one, he recalls), gravedigger, plumber, and teacher.

The author wrote his firs
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