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Imaginative entry into someone else's world,
This review is from: Pigeon English (Hardcover)
An eleven-year-old boy moves from Ghana to a block of flats in London. You can tell the sort of neighbourhood it is by the fact that a dog is names `Asbo' and one of the earliest sights is a knife crime (based presumably on the murder of Damilola Taylor in Peckham). The lifts often don't work, the underpasses are used as urinals and one daren't go down certain streets because they are the territory of a rival gang.
We see the world through the language (do you know what hutious, bo-styles and bulla mean?) and fantasies (I used to play detectives too) of Year 7 school boys, the importance of wearing the right trainers, even when your parents can't afford them and their fears of the bullies, yet their role models (remember leaving school after the ritual of writing in felt tip all over everyone's shirts?) in Year 11
There is a touching scene of nascent sexuality when the boy has his first experience of, reluctantly, groping a girl and his distaste at kissing her.
The author has done well to enter this world which most of us have largely forgotten.