by Melvin Burgess

Reading Age: 14+

Interest level: 14+

by Melvin Burgess

Tar loves Gemma, but Gemma doesn't want to be tied down to anyone or anything. Gemma wants to fly - but she can't fly forever...


Melvin Burgess's disturbing story of a group of teenagers on the slippery slope into heroin addiction is a contemporary teen classic. An honest account of the realities of drug use, it presents a frank and very believable portrayal of addiction. Winner of both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, this uncompromising story is best suited to mature teenage readers.


Publisher: Andersen Press

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Average rating: 3/5

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This book was brilliant! It always kept me interested at every page. I loved how the characters developed through out the book.

Rating: 5 star
19 April 2015


18 October 2013

This book was brilliant. It was in turn both exciting and shocking which i have come to expect when reading any story by Melvin Burgess. I read this just after reading the Ghost Behind the Wall by him and the contrasts between the two novels were immense. I have since then passed Junk on to every teenager who is a voracious reader as i think every young adult should read this book.

Rating: 5 star
Beth Khalil
Charles Thorp Comprehensive School
6 November 2012

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