Very exciting news! With luck, international best selling children’s author MELVIN BURGESS could be visiting our school on 27th November 2013!
Melvin’s most famous works include ‘Junk’, a prize winning novel (Melvin won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award in 1996) about the dangers of drug abuse. It follows a group of heroin-addicted teenagers living on the streets in Bristol, and after taking heroin a few times rapidly find their lives spiralling out of control beyond anything they had ever imagined. He has also penned ‘Doing It’, a novel dealing with the dangerous consequences of underage sex, and ‘Billy Eliott’, a novelisation of the film. Several of Melvin’s books have been adapted for TV and film, and he has written smash hits both in the UK and America. In particular, Melvin has been praised for his honest and hard-hitting approach to dealing with teenage issues, enabling teenagers to make careful choices and fully understand the consequences of the life changing decisions they make.
Fingers crossed, Melvin will be coming to our school to give a talk and run some workshops, and will give you all a chance to meet a real life celebrity!
And that’s not all! There’s even a chance to win a copy of his latest novel, ‘The Hit’. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning this book is post a comment below and you will be entered into a draw to win this amazing prize!
The streets are buzzing with talk of Death – a hijacked euthanasia drug, which offers those that take it the best week of their lives before they die seven days later. Adam’s brother is gone, his parents are worn out and he has even lost girlfriend Lizzie, the one good thing in his life. With few opportunities available to him, and the growing sense that his life is worthless, Adam decides to take Death and end it all with the ultimate high. But all too quickly, he realises that he still has plenty to live for.
Brutal, uncompromising and unflinching in its honesty, The Hit tackles some of the most important issues facing young people today head on. Set in an urban Manchester torn apart by riots, looting and unrest, this is an intense, dynamic and action-packed thriller that moves forward at a breathless pace, right up to its dramatic conclusion. Hard-hitting and enormously thought-provoking, Burgess has served up another must-read novel for young adults.”
For more information about Melvin, including an interview for BBC Radio 4’s Bookclub and a recent article in The Guardian, click on the following links: