Published: January 2009
Billy was a champion soccer star, playing for Chelsea in the 1930s. But that was before war broke out…
Billy the Kid is told through the voice of an 80 year old man, who looks back on his life as Chelsea’s champion striker until the outbreak of war in 1939 and on through his subsequent life. Billy joins Chelsea as a football apprentice, rises through the reserves to become a real champion. His passion for football sees him through the war years – even as a prisoner of war he organises a friendly against the Italians – but, having been injured by a mine he cannot play for Chelsea on his return to England. Billy turns to vagrancy and alcohol and for years he wanders up and down the country. He re-settles in London in a derelict house and is befriended by a family who move him to a shed in their garden. He, in turn, helps their son with his football who in his turn becomes a Chelsea player. Billy becomes a Chelsea Pensioner and his 80th birthday is celebrated when Chelsea play at home.
Wednesday, 18th December 2013
Reading charity Booktrust is pleased to announce former Children’s Laureate and best-selling author Michael Morpurgo as its new President. The role, previously held by the late Doris Lessing, offers a notable figure as a supporter and ambassador for Booktrust’s work.
Booktrust believes that no-one should miss out on the life changing benefits that reading can bring. It gives free books to children via national programmes such as ‘Bookstart’, which works through locally based organisations to give packs of books to babies and toddlers, with guidance materials for parents and carers. With over 90 years of expertise in recommending books, it runs sponsored book prizes and manages creative reading projects, such as the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones Children’s Laureate. This year, it launched a brand new prize – The Booktrust Best Book Awards, supported by Kindle.
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saffron brown says:
This is a great book and i finished it in a day, i didnt want to put it down it was so good!
Although I am not interested in football at all, this good book was a brilliant read and I would recommend this book to anyone from 6-13 yrs old (not just boys!!!).
amazing book!!!! I read it twice it was so good, i’d recommend it to anyone
I really liked this book because it is interesting I kept on reading it and never stopped so that is how much I liked the book
The Christmas Unicorn Who Can Still Fly Through Th says:
Such a brilliant book
I was pleasently surprised by this book. It really shows the damage the war can do to people.
Jaz Sim says:
I just love this book. In school, our Collins textbook has a whole chapter about Michael Morpurgo. And this book was the one I liked best. Our teacher reads it too!