Nicholas Dane by Melvin Burgess

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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 Melvin Burgess

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Melvin Burgess has produced a body of work that is both challenging and thrilling, including the seminal teen drug and love novels "Smack" and "Doing It". His books have been adapted for film, stage, and television.
 
Published December 7, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 416 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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15 & up) Pub Date: Dec. 7th, 2010 ...

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Publishers Weekly

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Carnegie Medalist Burgess (Smack) delivers a brutal story of rape and abuse in the British child-care system that begins as a powerful and gripping tale, but poor pacing and characters that can feel l

Nov 08 2010 | Read Full Review of Nicholas Dane

The Guardian

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When Nick tries to report the attack, Creal and two other men spend the night raping Nick into silence.

Jun 06 2009 | Read Full Review of Nicholas Dane

The Bookbag

Summary: Burgess riffs on Oliver Twist in this tale of institutional child abuse.

May 31 2010 | Read Full Review of Nicholas Dane

SBY Teens

After a few failed escape attempts, Nick finally frees himself from Meadow Hill and Creal.

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