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Dickens for Today, 2 Jun 2009
Melvin Burgess is our modern day Dickens. If anything, he drives the realities home even harder and replaces sentiment with real and powerful compassion. His writing style is easily accessible by any age and experience - lucid and clear storytelling that grips the reader and lets us live through the young Nick Danes experiences at close quarters. This is an emotional and provocative book that makes the reader shudder and sometimes rage - but it is totally authentic and should be read by teenagers, adults and especially anyone who has any connection with the care and upbringing of young people today. All the events in this book are quite obviously based on careful research but brilliantly threaded together by a great storyteller for the twenty first century.