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Macmillan, May 15, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 327 pages
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Winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Prize for fiction, two of England's most prestigious awards, Smack tells a penetrating story about heroin use, a topic that is becoming familiar in the news and one of importance to teens everywhere.

The story begins with Tar, a fourteen-year-old, who runs away from home. He convinces his girlfriend, Gemma, to come with him, and it is not long before they are engulfed in a loose community of people living in abandoned buildings. Everything seems to be turning out so well: they have a roof over their heads, food to eat, and a brand-new group of friends. And when Tar and Gemma try their first hit of smack, they think life will keep on getting better.

But before long, they find they've lost control. The search for the next hit becomes all-consuming--until a disaster forces Gemma to take matters into her own hands.

Insightful, haunting, and real, Smack is the Go Ask Alice of the '90s. It's a book that every teenager should read--then pass along to a friend.

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Drugs, sex and Runaways

User Review  - Elizabeth H - Borders

A twisted and grity tale of two young runaways who dive into a world of sex and drugs. Doing all they can to simply survive, Tar and Gemma attempt to grow up and out of the lifestyle they've seemed to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kt - Goodreads

Ah, another Karla recommendation. This had some good imagery in it. Read full review

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Melvin Burgess is the author of several other highly acclaimed books for young adults, including Burning Issy. Mr. Burgess lives in Lancashire, England.

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