Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

This book was…I can’t really find words for it. It’s mislabelled as a “mystery” but it’s no more a mystery than The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night-time was. It’s about a young boy’s misguided attempt to solve a very real crime. The boy’s intentions are noble and honest but he misses so much of what’s really happening around him. The book is masterfully written, a perfect capture of an eleven-year-old who is trying to figure out what it means to be grown while still very much a child himself.

He doesn’t seem to be able tot tell what its real and what is a game, particularly when it comes to the violence in other young people. I fell in love completely with this child and his story and the end broke my heart in two and made my cry.

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