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Winner of both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction prize, Melvin Burgess' controversial young adult vel 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 forget Tar loves Gemma, but Gemma doesn't want to be tied down - to anyone or anything. Gemma wants to fly. But 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 Times ). Award-winning children's author Melvin Burgess is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary young adult fiction. His most well-kwn 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.
Melvin Burgess is regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature. In 1997 his controversial bestseller Junk won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal. It was also shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. Four of his novels have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal: The Cry of the Wolf, An Angel for May, The Baby and Fly Pie and The Ghost Behind the Wall. Melvin lives in Manchester with his two children.
Winner of Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 1997 and Carnegie Medal 1997 and Guardian Children's Fiction Award 1997 and LA Carnegie Medal 1997. Shortlisted for Whitbread Prize (Children's Book) 1997.