Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Burgess, Melvin. Nicholas Dane.

Burgess, Melvin Nicholas Dane
Henry Holt/macmillan children's pub group 2010 403p 17.99 978-0-8050-9203-5 hs E-BN

Another amazing book by Melvin Burgess. This book pulls out all the stops when explaining the tragic life of Nicholas Dane, a young man who is put through the social services wringer in England when his mother dies of a heroin overdose. In the same vein as his earlier work Smack, this author paints with words. The reader is immediately grabbed into the world of the young protagonist, Nicholas Dane, and spirals right with him as he is pulled and tugged, within and without, by adult acquaintances who mean well, and the nasty viscisitudes of ╘homes╒ for orphans and troubled youth. For the most part fast paced, this book reads easily and swiftly. The author paints all of the characters with very realistic strokes of the word. Students who loved Smack and the prose novels by Ellen Hopkins will definitely find this a must read. Realistic Fiction Fisher, Lynn

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