Melvin Burgess (born 25 April 1954) is a British writer of children's fiction. He became famous in 1996 with the publication of Junk, about heroin-addicted teenagers on the streets of Bristol. In Britain, Junk became one of the best-known young adult books of the decade. Burgess won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book by a British author. For the 10th anniversary in 2007 it was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works, selected by a panel to compose the ballot for a public election of the all-time favourite.
Burgess was born in the Municipal Borough of Twickenham, Middlesex, England (now administered as part of Greater London).
He completed his first book accepted for publication in his mid-thirties: a novel, The Cry of the Wolf, published by Andersen …Read more on Wikipedia