Nicholas Dane

By Melvin Burgess
(Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805092035, 403pp.)

Publication Date: December 7, 2010

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When fourteen-year-old Nicholas Dane’s mother dies, social services sends him to a home for boys where intimidation and violence keep order. After a number of fights and brutal punishments, Nick thinks that life can’t possibly get any worse . . . until he realizes that the home’s respected deputy head, who has been grooming him with sweets and solace, has something more frightening in mind.

            Acclaimed writer and truth-teller Melvin Burgess brings us, with Dickensian scope and compelling narrative drive, his most ambitious book yet.




About the Author
Melvin Burgess is the author of many novels for young adult and middle-grade readers. Among them are "Nicholas Dane", "Doing It" (a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age), "The Ghost Behind the Wall" (Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year) and "Smack" (winner of Britain's Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Prize for Fiction, as well as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults). In 2001, he wrote the novelization of the film, Billy Elliot. Mr. Burgess lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, in England.
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