The Hit. Available in all good bookshops and online.
The streets are buzzing with talk of Death - a hijacked euthanasia drug, which offers those that take it the best week of their lives before they die seven days later. Adam's brother is gone, his parents are worn out and he has even lost girlfriend Lizzie, the one good thing in his life. With few opportunities available to him, and the growing sense that his life is worthless, Adam decides to take Death and end it all with the ultimate high. But all too quickly, he realises that he still has plenty to live for.
Brutal, uncompromising and unflinching in its honesty, The Hit tackles some of the most important issues facing young people today head on. Set in an urban Manchester torn apart by riots, looting and unrest, this is an intense, dynamic and action-packed thriller that moves forward at a breathless pace, right up to its dramatic conclusion. Hard-hitting and enormously thought-provoking, Burgess has served up another must-read novel for young adults.
... thanks to the Booktrust for the great copy! How nice when you can lift a review straight from the site to describe your book!
An Angel for May
Here's the brand new, Andersen edition of An Angel for May. Carnegie shortlisted, it was inspired by an old bag lady I saw barefoot in the sleet one day in Hackney. One day, I thought, she had had been a little girl. Maybe she'd been happy then.
She looked so sad, I wondered what terrible things had happened to make her like that.
If you could go back in time, you could find her and save her from whatever had made her so sad and unable to cope. What a thing that would be - to give someone their whole life back.
When Tam meets a stray dog up on the moors, he doesn't know that she is there to help him to save someone she loves ...
To read more about it, read more on the Hunger page
I'm not sure I should have done this - I think I might have tapped into something nasty. I finished it a month ago and I've been having nightmares ever since. Never again.