LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

Junk

by Melvin Burgess

Children's & YA Fiction eBooks of the Month

LoveReading Expert Review of Junk

Carnegie winner in 1996.

When it was published in 1996 it created a Storm of Protest - especially from those who didn't bother to read it. The book, however, is credible, honest, realistic, moving and sympathetic - not to drug taking, but to some of the reasons for it and how the young fall into it and then, with luck and a bit of help, get themselves out of it.  Junk not for the faint-hearted for it is utterly compelling and terrifying by turns – from bliss through to complete despair we see all manner of emotions that at times will make you feel utterly drained.  It’s a real roller-coaster and yet it is completely honest and real to today’s world.  Controversy has always gone where this book has gone for it’s hard-hitting approach to the subjects of drink, of drugs and of sex.  Junk is an absolute must-read for any teenager and an essential eye-opener to any parent of a teenager. (14+)

To find out more about this book CLICK HERE to visit the Carnegie Greenaway site

LoveReading

Junk Synopsis

Gemma runs away from home to join her boyfriend, Tar in London. Soon they find themselves hooked on heroin and Gemma is forced into prostitution to pay for the drug.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781783448456
Publication date: 1st July 2021
Author: Melvin Burgess
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Primary Genre Children's & YA Fiction
Recommendations:
Win a Wordsworth Exclusive Collection Book Bundle

Win a Wordsworth Exclusive Collection Book Bundle

Closing date: 31/08/2021

A beautiful collection of 15 titles loved by all ages. These paperbacks have stunningly atmospheric covers, complete with gold foiling. Wordsworth Editions have released new paperback editions of 15 classic novels. To celebrate their release we're working with Wordsworth Editions to offer a bundle of 7 books to give away: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit Moonfleet by Wilkie Collins Robin Hood by Henry Gilbert The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum This draw is open only for UK residents currently in the UK and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. The draw closes on 31st August 2021. Please ensure that the details you use to enter the competition will be correct at the time the competition ends. The winners will be notified as soon as possible.

Enter Now

What To Read After Junk

Nicholas Dane
Torment
The Kissing Game
Dido

Melvin Burgess Press Reviews

"A Dickens of the future."
Michael Rosen

"A writer of the highest quality with exceptional powers of insight."
Sunday Times

"A very skilled storyteller... this writer involves the reader, plays havoc with the emotions and is certainly not about easy endings."
Wendy Cooling, Books For Keeps

 

Other editions of this book

ISBN: 9781783448456
Publication date: 01/07/2021
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781783440627
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9783646924756
Publication date: 23/05/2012
Format: Ebook

View All Editions

About 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 ...

More About Melvin Burgess

More Books By Melvin Burgess

Junk
Junk
Junk
View All Books By Melvin Burgess

Share this book