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It was the best one so far. Nobody knew why they were fighting. You actually thought they were going to kill each other. You wanted them to stop. It wasn't funny anymore. Newly arrived from Ghana with his mother and older sister, Harrison Opoku lives on the ninth floor of a block of flats on a London housing estate.
The second best runner in the whole of Year 7, Harri races through his new life in his personalised trainers - the Adidas stripes drawn on in marker pen - unaware of the danger growing around him. But when a boy is knifed to death on the high street and the police appeal for witnesses draws only silence, Harri decides to start a murder investigation of his own.
In doing so, he unwittingly breaks the fragile web his mother has spun around her family to keep them safe, and Harri will come face to face with the very real dangers surrounding him.
A powerful, unforgettable tale, importantly relevant for young adult readers of today. It is horrifying, tender and funny. He has to guard Manik from the robbers. Manik had his trainers stolen one time. One of the Dell Farm Crew stole them. When they didn't fit they put them up a tree. Manik couldn't get them down again because he's too fat to climb the tree.
Manik's papa: 'Let them try it again. It'll be a different story next time, little bastards. He's always red-eyes. He knows swordfighting. Asweh, I'm glad I'm not Manik's enemy! Manik's papa put my tie on for me and made the knot. He showed me how to take the tie off without un- tying it. You just make a hole big enough to get your head through then you take the tie off over your head. That way you don't have to tie the tie every day.
It even works. Now I'll never have to tie my tie my whole life. I beat the tie at his own game! There's no songs in my new school. The best bit about my old school was when Kofi Allotey made up his own words: 12 Kofi Allotey: 'Before our Father's throne We pour our ardent prayers.
Please don't burn me on the stove Or push me down the stairs' Asweh, he caught so many blows we called it the Kofi Stick! At first me and Lydia stayed together at breaktime. Now we stay with our friends.
If we see each other we have to pretend we don't know each other. The first one to say hello is the loser. At breaktime I just play suicide bomber or zombies. Suicide bomber is when you run at the other person and crash them as hard as you can. If the other person falls over you get a hundred points. If they just move but don't fall over it's ten points. One person is always the lookout because suicide bomber is banned.
If the teacher catches you playing you'll get a detention. Zombies is just acting like a zombie. You get extra points for accuracy. When you're not playing games you can swap things instead.
The most wanted things to swap are football stickers and sweets but you can swap anything if some- body wants it. Chevon Brown and Saleem Khan swapped watches. Saleem Khan's watch tells the time on the moon, but Chevon Brown's is chunkier and it's made of real titan- ium. They're both bo-styles. Everybody was happy with the deal but then Saleem Khan wanted to swap back.
Saleem Khan: 'I changed my mind, that's all. Two punches. It was his fault for going back on the deal.
He was only scared for if his mamma got red-eyes. I don't have a watch yet, I don't even need one. The bell tells you where to be and there's a clock in the classroom.
When you're outside school you don't need to know the hour, your belly tells you when it's chop time. You just go home when you're hungry enough, that way you never forget. I was the dead boy. X-Fire was teaching us about chook- ing.
He didn't use a real knife, just his fingers. They still felt quite sharp. X-Fire says when you chook somebody you have to do it proper quick because you feel it as well. X-Fire: 'When the knife goes in them you can feel where it hits. If it hits a bone or something it feels disgusting, man. You're best going for somewhere soft like the belly so it goes in nice and easy, then you don't feel nothing.
The first time I shanked someone was the worst, man. All his guts fell out. It was well sick. I didn't know where to aim yet, I got him too low down, innit. That's why I go for the side now, near the love handles. Then you don't get no nasty stuff falling out. I hit a rib or something. I had to pull like f — to get it out. I was like, give me my blade back, bitch! You just wanna stick him and get the f — outta there. No messing around. He was just quiet. Maybe he hasn't chooked anybody yet.
Or maybe he's chooked so many people that he's bored by now. That must be why he's called Killa. I was the dead boy because X-Fire picked me. I just had to stand still. X-Fire didn't like it when I moved. He kept 14 pulling me. I felt quite sick but I had to keep listening. I even wanted to listen. It was like when I first tasted mushy peas: it was disgusting but I had to finish it because wast- ing food is a sin. I could still feel his fingers in my ribs even after he was gone.
It felt very crazy. X-Fire's breath smells like cigarettes and chocolate milk. I wasn't even scared. We always go to the market on Saturday. It's all outside so you get proper cold waiting for Mamma to pay, you have to keep your mouth closed to stop your teeth escaping. It's only even worth it for all the dope-fine things you can look at like a remote-control car or a samurai sword it's only made from wood but it's still proper hutious.
If I had the means I'd download it like that, I'd use it to chase the invaders away. My favourite shop is the sweets shop. It sells every kind of Haribo you can think of. It's my ambition to try every style there is. So far I've tried about half. Haribo comes in a million different shapes. Whatever there is in the world, there's a chewy Haribo version of it. Asweh, it's true.
They make cola bottles, worms, milkshakes, teddy bears, crocodiles, fried eggs, dummies, fangs, cherries, frogs, and millions more. Cola bottles are the best. I only don't like the jelly babies. They're cruel. Mamma has seen a dead baby for real. She sees them every day at work. I never download the jelly babies for if it would remind her. Mamma was looking all over for a pigeon net.
I said a prayer to myself that she never found one.
Me: 'It's not fair. Just because Lydia's scared of them. I'm not scared!
He was hungry, that's all. I don't even agree with it, they're not hurting anybody. I want my pigeon to come back. I even hid some fufu flour in my pant drawer specially for him.
I don't want to eat him, I want to make him tame so he'll go on my shoulder. In the end my prayer was answered: they don't even sell pigeon nets at the market. Asweh, it was a mighty relief! Me: 'Don't worry. If he comes back I'll tell him to find another home. Don't think I haven't seen the flour all over the balcony, I'm not stupid. Stephen Kelman. Pigeon English. How to write a great review.
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