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A Kestrel For A Knave

A Kestrel For A Knave

Barry Hines

What Douglas Stuart Says: This is the first book I ever read that felt like it was written for me. It follows young Billy Casper and his family who are barely surviving in a run-down coal mining town in the north of England. When Billy rescues a kestrel, he temporarily escapes his hard home life and his spirit soars as the bird takes to the skies. Ken Loach turned it into the classic film, Kes, which is just as powerful as the novel.

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