During the course of the four years the novel records, gemma and tar link up with drug addicts and participate in prostitution, petty thievery, and burglary in order to sustain their drug addiction. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read smack. Among them are nicholas dane, doing it a new york public library book for the teen age, the ghost behind the wall bank street best childrens book of the year and smack winner of britains carnegie medal and the guardian prize for fiction, as well as an. Smack or junk, a 1996 novel by melvin burgess smack, a song by zion i and the grouch, a bside of the single lift me up smack or smack white b. Smack presents a fairly realistic view of life on the streets in bristol in the 1980s through the eyes of two runaways, gemma and tar. Smack book by melvin burgess half price books marketplace. Both critically and commercially it is the best received of burgess novels. Before his first novel, he had short stories published and a play broadcast on radio 4. At 14, sweetnatured tar leaves his small seaside town for bristol to get away from his alcoholic, abusive parents. Smack overview melvin burgess this study guide consists of approximately 16 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of smack. Melvin burgess is the author of many novels for young adult and middlegrade readers. Smack is a book about a drug and the hold it can have. Social themes drugs, alcohol, substance abuse book.
In britain, junk became one of the bestknown young adult books of the decade. Apr 09, 2020 open library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published. Melvin burgesss junk or smack in the us marked a turning point in young adult ya fiction in the uk, a field within ya now known as ukya. Tar and gemma run away from their homes for what they believe are valid reasons. Melvin burgess is a british author of childrens fiction.
Written over a decade ago, smack is the original cautionary tale about modern drug abuse. Melvin burgess born 25 april 1954 is a british writer of childrens fiction. He gained a certain amount of notoriety in 1996 with the publication of junk, which was published in the shadow of the film of irvine welshs trainspotting, and dealt with the trendy and controversial idea of heroinaddicted. Pdf smack book by melvin burgess free download 293 pages. In a carnegie medalwinning novel under the uk title, junk that cuts to the bone, burgess puts a group of teenage runaways through four nightmarish years of heroin addiction. The first edition of the novel was published in november 14th 1996, and was written by melvin burgess. Smack mass market paperback by melvinauthor burgess and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. It was published by square fish and has a total of 352 pages in the book. Winner of the 1996 carnegie medal in literature and the guardian prize for fiction, two of englands most prestigious awards, smack tells a penetrating story about heroin use, a topic that is becoming familiar in the news and one of importance to teens everywhere. For gilly authors note this book is set roughly in the early and middle 1980s, when i myself was living in bristol. Among them are nicholas dane, doing it a new york public library book for the teen age, the ghost behind the wall bank street best childrens book of the year. This detailed literature summary also contains related titlesadaptations on smack by melvin burgess. The title of this book is smack and it was written by melvin burgess.
Nyplt books for the teen age, school library best books of the year, guardian award, carnegie medal, ala best books for young adults, books for the teen age, new york public. The book portray the process of addiction, its degrading effects, and the difficult road to recovery. Open library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published. Edt 1642 gmt cnn the funny thing about smack is that. He became famous in 1998 with the publication of junk, about heroinaddicted teenagers on the streets of bristol. Nov 14, 1996 melvin burgess is a british author of childrens fiction.
Two teens escape their oppressive homes to live with anarchist squatters, only to become entrenched in heroin addiction and crime. Everything you need to understand or teach smack by melvin burgess. Jun 08, 2010 smack ebook written by melvin burgess. His first book, the cry of the wolf, was published in 1990. Smack mass market paperback by melvin author burgess and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Pdf junk book by melvin burgess free download 389 pages. The book was published in multiple languages including english, consists of 389 pages and is available in paperback format. Among them are nicholas dane, doing it a new york public library book for the teen age, the ghost behind the wall bank street best childrens book of the year and smack winner of britains carnegie medal and the guardian prize for fiction, as well as an ala best book for young adults. Carnegieprize winning author, melvin burgess, has written a longawaited new story.
Written directly for its audience of young people and unflinching in its honesty, smack is the teen book of the year. I got so lost in that book, really tied to the characters, all of them. Smack is about two youths who leave their homes to search for a better life, only. Melvin burgess author melvin burgess is the author of many novels for young adult and middlegrade readers. There is no preaching here, just the artful revelation of cold, hard facts.
Smack has 4 available editions to buy at half price books marketplace. Download the study guide during the course of the four years the novel records, gemma and tar link up with drug addicts and participate in prostitution, petty thievery, and burglary in order to sustain their drug addiction. He has had a variety of jobs before becoming a fulltime writer. It is a book about people, familiesreal and those constructed by young people with no one to turn to but each other. Buy this book this searing account of two young runaways. Burgess won the annual carnegie medal from the library association, recognising the years best childrens book by a british.
Burgess won the annual carnegie medal from the library association. Jun 08, 2010 melvin burgess is the author of many novels for young adult and middlegrade readers. He convinces his girlfriend, gemma, to come with him, and it is not long. Smack by melvin burgess overdrive rakuten overdrive. 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. And with the 42yearold british man, melvin burgess, who wrote her character in the original young adult book junk, published 20 years ago by andersen press. The story begins with tar, a fourteenyearold, who runs away from home. The main characters of this fiction, young adult story are jerry, sal. Smack by melvin burgess meet your next favorite book. Its a book that every teenager should readthen pass along to a friend. Winner of the 1996 carnegie medal in literature and the guardian prize for fiction, two of englands most prestigious awards, smack tells a penetrating, isbn 9780312608620 buy the smack ebook. Set on the streets of bristol, england, it features two runaway teens who join a group of squatters, where they fall into heroin addiction and embrace anarchism.
The search for the next hit becomes allconsuminguntil a disaster forces gemma to take matters into her own hands. Im sure you get emails like this all of the time, but i hope you take the time to really consider this one. However, once in the city, they become entangled in the abuse of heroin. Melvin burgess was born in london and brought up in surrey and sussex. Handled with great sensitivity and engrossing narrative drive, it is an important addition to the understanding of how teenage lives. Insightful, haunting, and real, smack is the go ask alice of the 90s.981 1043 22 471 241 1099 259 655 179 245 782 900 420 1026 698 47 656 683 145 1499 1295 1376 128 1453 158 79 1066 145 178 746 1407 780 988 757 1324 1305 317 1453 818 245 1235 1196