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Sara's Face by Melvin Burgess

Sara's Face

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Special 11th Anniversary Edition. As ever, Melvin Burgess makes readers think. Sara signs up for a face transplant but is it her who wants it or, is she being pushed into doing it against her will by the scarred pop-star who wants her face? Glamour and fame are not always what they seem. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Lovereading Comment: This is young adult fiction at its challenging and thrilling best - and Melvin Burgess has yet again struck a chord with a teenager’s world. The issue of cosmetic surgery is brought sharply into focus and in such a way that the reader will feel more informed and as a result the ever present peer pressures which are a part of teenage life more keenly borne.

If you like Melvin Burgess you might also like to read books by kevin brooks, Mary Hooper and Sophie Hannah.


Sara's Face by Melvin Burgess

Sara is not your typical teenage girl. She wants more than just an ordinary life. She wants fame and beauty. She wants to be extraordinary. After she is injured in a mysterious accident, Sara meets Jonathon Heat, rock star. Heat is the centre of bizarre rumours and intense public adoration. And as Sara becomes ever more drawn into his powerful orbit, it soon becomes clear that Jonathon Heat wants something impossibly precious from her. But what does Sara really want[unk] Sara's Face is a chilling exploration of the dark extremes of fame, plastic surgery and obsession.


His most ingenious and chilling yet. Observer

It's thrilling ... gaining momentum and causing frantic page-turning Philip Ardagh Guardian

Burgess writes with a sharpness, and a sympathy for the characters. Independent on Sunday

For those who want their cautionary tales with a bit of grit this is worth reading. Amanda Craig The Times

A chilling, unputdownable, sinister thriller. The Bookseller

A chillingly clever satire Daily Telegraph

Gripping psychological thriller ... contains some of Melvin Burgess's best writing to date The Scotsman

This book was intriguing, thrilling and tackled complex issues with skill. Sunday Herald

A gripping account of the nightmare world of self-harming and self-hating (but loveable) teenager Sara ... may be Burgess's very best book to date. Irish Sunday Independent

Remarkable and challenging look at the modern-day obsession with beauty and celebrity. Publishing News

About the Author

Melvin Burgess

Melvin Burgess was brought up in Sussex and Berkshire. As a child, his reading included The Wind in the Willows and Gerald Durrell's animal stories. He went on to enjoy The Hobbit and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast books. A generally unconfident student, he became interested in writing when he was twelve and an English teacher praised one of his stories - "it was about the first time I'd ever done anything that got an A. I was so pleased I never stopped." After leaving school, Melvin moved to Bristol where he worked on occasional jobs, mainly in the building industry, and was often unemployed. He started writing in his twenties and wrote on and off for the next fifteen years before The Cry of the Wolf was published in 1990. He moved to London in 1983 and began a small business marbling fabrics for the fashion industry. 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.

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. Melvin lives in Hebden Bridge with his partner.

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5th January 2017


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Andersen Press Ltd


256 pages


NewGen - YA Fiction
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