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Daily brutality is a way of life for Taylor Mase who lives on a country estate with his father, Tom, the gamekeeper. Reg Harris, the land owner, requires Tom to kill animals of prey to keep the pheasant population large enough for the hunting season. While hunting one day, nature-loving Taylor finds a rare Red Kite egg and decides to rear it in secret. However, when the cruel landowner discovers the rare-bird's existence, its fate, and Harris's, are suddenly in question...

Compellling, hard-hitting descriptions and riveting dialogue.
Manageable length and short chapters makes this book ideal for studying in class.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 142 x 204 x 15mm | 266g
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Impr.
  • 1405816465
  • 9781405816465
  • 1,381,749

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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"
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About Melvyn Burgess

Melvin Burgess, geboren 1954 in London, aufgewachsen in Surrey und Sussex. Tätig als Journalist, bevor er begann, Jugendbücher zu veröffentlichen. Ausgezeichnet u. a. mit dem Guardian Fiction Award und der Carnegie Medal. Der Autor lebt mit seiner Familie in Manchester.
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