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3.39  ·  Rating details ·  62 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Taylor loves birds and collects eggs. He has the rare opportunity to enhance his collection when a pair of red kites nest nearby. The only problem is, the red kites are extremely rare - only twenty-five are left in the country. Taylor's father, a gamekeeper, is under orders from his boss, the landowner Reg Harris, to kill the kites, who are birds of prey and will go after ...more
Hardcover, 181 pages
Published April 21st 2000 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published December 11th 1997)
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Mia (A Happy Little Bookworm)
After sitting on my bookshelf for more than two years, I finally decided to pick up Melvin Burgess’s novel, Kite. Filled with adventure-novel-esque characters, it was a short and engaging read.


The story, which is set in the late 1990s in England, follows Taylor and Alan as they desperately try to save an endangered red kite that has nested in a local pheasant farm. Things get complicated as the owner of the pheasant farm and Taylor’s dad’s boss, sets out to destroy the bird, tasking Taylor’
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Red Kite is a very beautiful bird-of-prey. In Yorkshire, England their population was succesfully restored (too much - too quick unfortunatelly, they've become scavengers living in cities off rubish) but they are a calming sight to watch, soaring in the sky.
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(youth review)This was a good story. It moved fast and I liked the characters. ~Beth, 3rd grade, MIS
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Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful story. Especially for kids. This is a British tale about birds and what they really are in this world. I've never really thought that birds are important before. Five stars!!

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Melvin Burgess is a British author of children's fiction. His first book, The Cry of the Wolf, was published in 1990. He gained a certain amount of notoriety in 1996 with the publication of Junk, which was published in the shadow of the film of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, and dealt with the trendy and controversial idea of heroin-addicted teenagers. Junk soon became, at least in Britain, one of ...more
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