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This is the love story of two runaway teenagers, Gemma and Tar, and their struggles with heroin addiction. Melvin Burgess' most ambitious and complex novel is a multi-faceted and vivid depiction of a group of young people in the grip of addiction. It is told in many different voices, from the addicts themselves to the friends watching from the outside who try to prevent tragedy. It is the winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 24mm | 260g
  • Andersen Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1783440627
  • 9781783440627
  • 68,677

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"Everyone should read Junk." The Times "Melvin Burgess's ground-breaking Junk remains the best book about teenagers and drugs to this day" Julia Eccleshare, Guardian Online "Junk has a perfect sense of time and place, characters who feel real and it may just be the best YA book ever." -- Robert Muchamore Big Issue, Top 5 Young Adult Books "Occasionally a 'teenage novel' comes along which makes one reconsider the whole genre and its potential. Such a book is Melvin Burgess's Junk." -- Robert Dunbar Children's Books in Ireland "Brilliantly and sensitively written, it encompasses the raw, savage and ecstatic world of the adolescent mind... a superbly crafted and important book" TES

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About Melvin Burgess

Melvin Burgess was born in London and brought up in Surrey and Sussex. He has had a variety of jobs including journalism before becoming a full-time writer. Before his first novel, he had short stories published and a play broadcast on Radio 4. He lives in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. Three of his novels have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

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