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Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
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Nov 07, 11

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bookshelves: 99-problems, big-kid, boys-on-the-side, i-love-awkward-teenagers-in-fiction, teenagers-in-peril, ya, urban
Read from November 03 to 05, 2011

There is so much about Stephen Kelman's "Pigeon English" that I really, really liked. And so much that I really didn't.

Harri, the eleven-year-old narrator is a gem. And his sweetly sociopathic preteen voice is spot on. In retrospect, most of the kid characters are well drawn--from Dean, Harri's faithful school sidekick to Jordan his fre-enemy from the council estate where Harri and his family live.

But there's also the pigeon. The talking one. The talking one who sounds like God. Dude, I can't abide.

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