Books by Melvin Burgess

THE HIT by Melvin Burgess
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Refreshingly rooted in the issues of the day, Burgess' near-future thriller stands out. (Dystopian thriller. 15-18)"
After 20 years of economic recession, the gaps between England's rich and poor are wider and starker than ever. Read full book review >
NICHOLAS DANE by Melvin Burgess
FICTION
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

Coming from England, this bleak, violent, slang-inflected street saga exposes the machinations of power and villainy in Manchester's social services and criminal underworld. Read full book review >
SARA’S FACE by Melvin Burgess
FICTION
Released: May 8, 2007

A fictional "novelist doing a journalist's job" maintains stunning suspense as he conducts interviews with the secondary players in a world-famous gruesome crime. Read full book review >

DOING IT by Melvin Burgess
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2004

A trio of British teens fantasize, agonize, masturbate, grope, kiss, feel up, and shag their way through one seemingly endless school year in which traditional teen-novel concerns are entirely thrown over for sex. Read full book review >

THE GHOST BEHIND THE WALL by Melvin Burgess
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2003

A bored boy finds diversion and danger in the ventilation ducts of his apartment building. Read full book review >

BLOODTIDE by Melvin Burgess
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

Burgess won the Carnegie Medal for Smack (1998), his searing fiction about adolescent drug addiction, but his perhaps best-known work is the novel (made into the recent film) Billy Elliot. Read full book review >

LADY by Melvin Burgess
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"A dog's days are short, but his moments are pure." Read full book review >

SMACK by Melvin Burgess
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

In a Carnegie Medal—winning 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. Read full book review >

THE EARTH GIANT by Melvin Burgess
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 13, 1997

A wonderfully cinematic adventure about a small girl and the giant she discovers under a tree, and the reuniting of that giant—only a child herself—with her parents. In the midst of a ferocious storm, a new ``presence'' enters Amy's mind. Read full book review >

AN ANGEL FOR MAY by Melvin Burgess
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

A well-crafted time-travel novel. Tam, 12, steps through the fireplace of a ruined Yorkshire farmhouse, along with a bag lady and her friendly dog, and into Sam Nutter's lively farmyard during WW II. Read full book review >

THE CRY OF THE WOLF by Melvin Burgess
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

A boy lets slip to a stranger known as ``The Hunter'' that there are wolves near his family's Surrey farm. Read full book review >