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Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Anne Cassidy

Writing for Young Adults

Hay Festival 2005, 
What you can and cannot say when writing for young adults. Brooks' Candy is a tale of love and hope, but also one of drugs, violence and utter hopelessness. Carnegie Medal-winner Burgess is famous for his explicit and controversial novels, including Doing It and Bloodsong. Cassidy's Looking for JJ won the Booktrust Teenage Prize and is based, in part, on the cases of Mary Bell and the boys who killed the toddler Jamie Bulger.
(Age 14+)