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Smack (Paperback)

Author:  Melvin Burgess
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312608624
ISBN-13: 9780312608620
Sku: 212963387
Publish Date: 6/8/2010
Pages:  327
Age Range:  18 to 23
A boy and a girl were spending the night together in the back seat of a Volvo estate car. The car was in a garage. It was pitch black. (from the first line)
After running away from their troubled homes, two English teenagers move in with a group of squatters in the port city of Bristol and try to find ways to support their growing addiction to heroin. *Author: Burgess, Melvin *Publication Date: 2010/06/08 *Number of Pages: 327 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 10-12 *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25
After being severely beaten by his father, 14-year-old Tar runs away from home and convinces his girlfriend, Gemma, to join him. They move into a squatter's residence occupied by two older radicals, but Gemma falls in with a group of heroin users who persuade her and Tar to move in with them. Soon Gemma and Tar are using heroin, and their lives become increasingly desperate. Gemma's and Tar's story is told from their own perspective, as well as that of their parents, roommates, and friends. Set in 1980s England, the book is a work of fiction based on actual events.


Kirkus Reviews
"Based on actual people and incidents, this harrowing tale is as compellingly real as it is tragic." 03/15/1998

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"...a gripping read about life on--and falling off--the edge." - Deborah Stevenson April 1998

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   14
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0327
Product attributePublisher:   Square Fish
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