Kite by Melvin Burgess
  

Kite

Written by Melvin Burgess
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Synopsis

Kite by Melvin Burgess

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.

About the Author

Melvin Burgess

Melvin Burgess was brought up in Sussex and Berkshire. As a child, his reading included The Wind in the Willows and Gerald Durrell's animal stories. He went on to enjoy The Hobbit and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast books. A generally unconfident student, he became interested in writing when he was twelve and an English teacher praised one of his stories - "it was about the first time I'd ever done anything that got an A. I was so pleased I never stopped." After leaving school, Melvin moved to Bristol where he worked on occasional jobs, mainly in the building industry, and was often unemployed. He started writing in his twenties and wrote on and off for the next fifteen years before The Cry of the Wolf was published in 1990. He moved to London in 1983 and began a small business marbling fabrics for the fashion industry. In 1997 his controversial bestseller Junk won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal. It was also shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. Four of his novels have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Melvin Burgess is regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature. In 1997, his controversial bestseller Junk won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal. It was also shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. Four of his novels have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Melvin lives in Hebden Bridge with his partner.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
184 pages

Author

Melvin Burgess
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Author's Website

www.melvinburgess.net/

Publisher

Longman an imprint of Pearson Education Limited

Publication date

10th March 2005

ISBN

9781405816465


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