This is the story of a Kite, hand reared in secret by a young boy, Taylor, after an egg-hunting mission goes wrong and the mother bird abandons her nest. Not everyone wants to protect the Kite - Taylor's gamekeeper father and his employer see kites as predators on their pheasants, as vermin to be destroyed. The story reaches a dramatic climax as Tom, Taylor's father, knows he will lose his job and his home, if he fails to carry out his boss's wishes and kill the bird. He does intervene and stophis boss shooting the bird he has already cruelly injured. Tom regains his son's respect but the Kite will never fly again.
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"Young environmentalists should enjoy this suspenseful novel about a boy fighting his father's employer to save an endangered bird . . . Sometimes funny, often gripping, Burgess's powerful story will give readers something to think about for a long time."-Pointer," Kirkus Reviews"About the Author:
Melvin Burgess, born in London in 1954, began to train as a journalist and has had a variety of jobs as diverse as bricklaying and silk-screen printing. An Enterprise Allowance Scheme gave him the chance to develop his writing and his children's books are now highly regarded. Melvin won the 1997 Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal for his powerful novel, JUNK. He now lives in Manchester.
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Book Description Puffin Books, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0141300418