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Translated into 28 different languages and adapted for the stage and television, "Smack"--a Carnegie Medal winner--is the original cautionary tale about modern drug abuse.

Author Biography

MELVIN BURGESS has written several highly acclaimed novels, including Doing It, winner of the LA Times Book Prize. Written over a decade ago, Smack is the original cautionary tale about modern drug abuse. It's been translated into 28 different languages and adapted for the stage and television. Mr. Burgess makes his home in Lancashire, England. His next book, Nicholas Dane, will be available from Henry Holt in Fall 2010.

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Winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

“Searing . . . unflinching . . . seductive . . . insidious . . . flawless. This is one novel that will leave an indelible impression on all who read it.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Cuts to the bone. . . . Based on actual people and incidents, this harrowing tale is as compellingly real as it is tragic.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Heroin chic? Far from it.”—Teen People

“The book is powerful and calculated, intent on affecting readers and shattering pat illusions. . . .
[B]rutally honest.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Smack is filled with cool British lingo and interesting characters, all the while subtly delivering a harrowing message about addiction.”—Seventeen

“Grim and cautionary novel.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Smack pulls no punches: Drugs can be fun. And Smack makes it relentlessly clear that fun comes at a vicious price. . . . It will leave you reeling.”—Denver Post

“[A]n honest, unpatronizing, unvarnished account of teen life on the skids.”—Booklist

“[A] gritty, no punches-pulled chronicle.”—News and Observer, Raleigh, NC

“It does exactly what teenagers want a book to do. It tells the truth. It doesn’t preach. It makes you think. . . .Smack is as addictive as the drug it profiles. You will not be able to put it down.”—VOYA

“The book sticks with you.”—Seattle Post Intelligencier

“[A] boot-in-the-gut look at British kids on the dole and drugs.”—Toronto Globe & Mail

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