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1st American ed.
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IL: UG - BL: 4.6 - AR Pts: 13
Winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Prize for fiction, two of England's most prestigious awards, Smack tells a penetrating story about heroin use, a topic that is becoming familiar in the news and one of importance to teens everywhere. The story begins with Tar, a fourteen-year-old, who runs away from home. He convinces his girlfriend, Gemma, to come with him, and it is not long before they are engulfed in a loose community of people living in abandoned buildings. Everything seems to be turning out so well: they have a roof over their heads, food to eat, and a brand-new group of friends. And when Tar and Gemma try their first hit of smack, they think life will keep on getting better. But before long, they find they've lost control. The search for the next hit becomes all-consuming--until a disaster forces Gemma to take matters into her own hands. Insightful, haunting, and real, Smack is the Go Ask Alice of the '90s. It's a book that every teenager should read--then pass along to a friend.
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Grouped Work ID b67be61e-e480-1bc2-79fe-6ac648922f26
Grouping Title smack
Grouping Author burgess melvin
Grouping Category book
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author Burgess, Melvin.
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display_description 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.
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primary_isbn 080505801
publishDate 1997
record_details ils:a133992|Book|Books|1st American ed.|English|Holt,|1997.|327 p. ; 22 cm.
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subject_facet Drug abuse -- Fiction, England -- Juvenile fiction, Heroin -- Juvenile fiction, Runaways -- Fiction
title_display Smack
title_full Smack / Melvin Burgess
title_short Smack
topic_facet Drug abuse, Heroin, Runaways