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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.