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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 The most talked-about children's book for years Mail on Sunday Brilliantly and sensitively written, it encompasses the raw, savage and ecstatic world of the adolescent mind... a superbly crafted and important book TES Beautifully written The Times
MELVIN BURGESS was born in London and brought up in Surrey and Sussex. He has had a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer. Before his first novel, he had short stories published and a play broadcast on Radio 4. He is now regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature.
When i bought smack i could not put it down. then i was told that junk was the sequel to smack. so i bought that and it is the same book. i was mad. Read morePublished on April 14 2000
Junk really is more than just a book. After I read it once I read it again and I read parts of it every day. It really is an inspiration to new thoughts and attitudes about life. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2000 by "riina"
I'm 15 and I loved this book, it's great. Tar and Gemma are to kids that run away from home. They start "fun" with narcotics, heroine... They deal drugs & shop lift. Read morePublished on June 14 1999
i bought this book after being reccomended it, and what a great book it is. I just could not put it down. Read morePublished on June 14 1999
After meeting Melvin Burgess at the book launch of his new novel, 'Kite' (what a character!), i purchased 'Junk'. After the first chapter, i just couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on June 6 1999
This book has to be the best book I have ever read. It had an uncertain beginning but after reading a chapter you find you cannot put the book down. Read morePublished on June 1 1999