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Billy the Kid is 80 today, and looks back over his life. His adventures include going off to war, living rough as a tramp, and best of all, being picked to play football for Chelsea. A rich tapestry of moving memories of an 80 year old man, as he watches boys playing football in the park. As a skinny lad, Billy's life was centered around football. At 19 he scored goals for Chelsea. Then came World War 2 - and his life was never to be the same again.

N.B. This book does not have anything to do with the western outlaw of the same name.

Reader's Reviews[]


In Year 3 I read this book for Guided Reading. Three words - This, book, rules! Since then I became a big Michael Morpurgo fan and have read books like Kensuke's Kingdom and The Butterfly Lion.


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Parental Guidance[]

  • Reading Age: 8+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 7+

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External Links[]

Billy the Kid on Michael Morpurgo's offical website.