Forfatter: Stephen Kelman
Baksidetekst: Newly arrived from Ghana with his mother and older sister, eleven-year-old Harrison Opoku lives on the ninth floor of a block of flats on an inner-city 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 with marker pen - blissfully unaware of the very real threat all around him. With equal fascination for the local gang - the Dell Farm Crew - and the pigeon who visits his balcony, Harri absorbs the many strange elements of his new life in England: watching, listening, and learning the tricks of inner-city survival. But when a boy is knifed to death on the high street and a police appeal for witnesses draws only silence, Harri decides to start a murder investigation of his own. In doing so, he unwittingly endangers the fragile web his mother has spun around her family to try and keep them safe.
På forsida av boka står det: "This boy's love letter to the world made me laugh and tremble all the way through." - Emma Donoghue. "A powerful and impressive novel - utterly convincing and deeply moving." - Clare Morrall.
Femte Booker-bok, og denne er faktisk verdt nomineringa! Britiske Stephen Kelman har skreve ei bok om ein gutt som er fascinert av gjenger, kriminalitet og CSI. Boka er humoristisk, skrevet på ein god måte, og har eit bakteppe som ikkje alltid er heilt rettferdig for 11-årige nysgjerrige gutter. Vel verdt nominasjonen!