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Penguin Books, 1997 - Child abuse - 278 pages
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Winner of both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction prize, Melvin Burgess's controversial young adult novel Junk redefined teenage fiction with its frank and honest portrayal of teenagers addicted to heroin in Bristol. Junk = heroin = bliss = despair = a love affair you'll never forgetTar loves Gemma, but Gemma doesn't want to be tied down - to anyone or anything. Gemma wants to fly. But no one can fly forever. One day, somehow, finally, you have to come down.'Haunting and remarkable for the insight and understanding with which the author develops the characters' - Guardian'Believable and rivetingly readable. I couldn't put it down' - Evening Standard'A powerful talent who offers few easy solutions' - The TimesAward-winning children's author Melvin Burgess is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary young adult fiction. His most well-known book Junk won the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction prize and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. Other titles by Melvin Burgess available from Penguin include: Sara's Face, Nicholas Dane, Doing IT (winner of the LA Times Young People's Book of the Year) and Kill All Enemies. If you enjoyed Junk and want to get inside more of your favourite books, then check out spinebreakers.co.uk for exclusive author interviews, competitions, and much more.

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I was up a goodly portion of the night reading this book. I didn't mean to be. It's that kind of book, though. Stark, brilliant and uncompromising, this is the story of a couple of kids who find a ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Melvin Burgess was born in London in 1954. He began to train as a journalist but left after six months. He has had a variety of jobs as diverse as bricklaying and silk-screen printing. An Enterprise Allowance Scheme gave him the chance to develop his writing and his books for children are very highly regarded. Melvin lives in Lancashire.

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