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The high towers of a London housing project are a world away from Ghana, but 11-year-old Harrison Opuku grabs hold of his new immigrant life with unchecked curiosity and excitement. Surrounded by family and friends, he is a carefree young boy until he witnesses the murder of a classmate. The bloody scene and the mother broken by grief soon become so indelible in their minds that Hari and his best friend begin their own investigation. Armed with makeshift equipment and all the tips they can absorb from CSI reruns, they race to unmask the murderer the police are unable to find, never thinking that their amateur detective work will bring them face-to-face with a killer. Even as Hari is searching for a murderer, he's also busy being a young boy—running track, wooing his first girlfriend, and befriending a wild pigeon. But the sweet innocence of his boyish pursuits is threatened when he is tempted by the camaraderie of a tough local gang and finds himself tested in ways he had never imagined.
Vibrant and pitch-perfect, Hari's voice eloquently captures his world, rendering it with a singular grit and innocence. With his combination of street smarts and childlike naïveté, this narrator will remain in our imaginations long after the last page has been turned. From its quiet opening to its shattering climax, Pigeon English is a celebration of resilience and wonder. Hari's miniature yet limitless world invites us to expand our own in one of the most accomplished and profoundly affecting novels of the year.