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Melvin Burgess

29 children’s books by the writer

Born in London in 1954, Melvin Burgess trained as a journalist and then spent a number of years pursuing various jobs, often in the building industry, until he turned to full-time writing. Melvin's books are renowned for dealing with tough subjects such as homelessness, disability, child abuse, witchcraft and drugs. Four times he has been shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal, a prize he won with his most famous book, Junk. This novel also won the Guardian Fiction Prize. Melvin has written an earlier Flashbacks title, The Copper Treasure.

12-17 years

Bloodsong

Melvin Burgess

Bloodsong

'Love. Hate. So what? It's family. It's business.' Fifteen-year-old Sigurd, son of King Sigmund, is the last surviving member of the Volson clan. His father's kingdom - the former city of London - is gone. And his father's ...

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12-17 years

Bloodtide

Melvin Burgess

Bloodtide

'Love. Hate. So what? This is family. This is business.' London is in ruins. The once-glorious city is now a gated wasteland cut off from the rest of the country and in the hands of two warring families - the Volsons ...

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14-18 years

The Hit

Melvin Burgess

The Hit

A new drug is out. Everyone is talking about it. The Hit. Take it, and you have one amazing week to live. It's the ultimate high. At the ultimate price Adam is tempted. Life is rubbish; his girlfriend's ...

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12+ years

Persist

Melvin Burgess, Cathy Brett

Persist

A haunting, powerful drama from Carnegie Medalist Melvin Burgess. A girl in a coma. A desperate mother. Marianne has been absent from her own life for so long that even her mother's unwavering faith is starting to tremble. But ...

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12-17 years

War Girls

Melvin Burgess

War Girls

As featured on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. 1914: war has broken out across Europe and beyond. Nothing will ever be the same again for those caught up in the conflict. This collection of short stories explores how ...

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12+ years

Nicholas Dane

Melvin Burgess

Nicholas Dane

His most substantial book to date, this compelling story of a teenager caught in a corrupt 1980s Care Home is a powerful study of a particularly highly-charged and distressing subject. Handled with great sensitivity and engrossing narrative drive, it is ...

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12-17 years

Junk

Melvin Burgess

Junk

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 ...

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12-17 years

Doing It

Melvin Burgess

Doing It

Dino's girlfriend won't give him what he wants. Jonathon is afraid of what his mates will think of the girl he likes. And Ben is having extra lessons from his sexy teacher. Three seventeen-year-old boys discover sex for ...

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