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Skolly - a tobacconist who introduces Tar to Richard. He later pays for sexual services from Gemma, although he does not realise who she is.

This book was recommended to me by a heroin addict, a beloved person who has since tragically died from an overdose. I'm still immersed in grief and read this to look for more answers. As difficult an account as it was, it definitely unsparingly showed the reality of what it's like to be under the influence of such a devastating drug. I can't even imagine what it's like to live with such an addiction but this was the closest I came to glimpsing what so many people have fallen victim to. The horror of it is eye opening and harrowing. Heroin takes away one's dignity, identity, values and personality and replaces all of that with a person unrecognisable to themselves and those who love them. It creates a need so intense for the next fix that everything else is obliterated. For "Junk" Burgess used impressions from personal experiences. His brother and some other people he knew were drug addicts. A lot of events that take place in the story were true. So what do kids need protecting from? "People, sometimes. I remember the most intelligent remark about Junk was made by a schoolgirl, who said, 'It's not books that corrupt, it's people.' " And what else? "Traffic, mad dogs, bad teachers. Most of all, they need to be protected from being overprotected." If you need assistance with writing your essay, our professional essay writing service is here to help! Essay Writing ServiceNow, I’m not an impressionable teenage mind. I’ve never done drugs, never smoked, and I only drink alcohol once in a blue moon. I’m 24 years old. But Lady is most notable as a book that dwells on the pleasures, rather than the consequences, of teenage sex. It's a conscious emphasis, says Burgess. "Why is it that, when you become a sexually active person, it can't be, 'You've got your first boyfriend, you've lost your virginity, the whole world's opening up for you, isn't that wonderful?', as opposed to, 'Oh God, you're going to get pregnant, get Aids, shag around and get your heart broken.' Sexual activity in people who've just discovered it is great, isn't it?

I cannot believe I have never read ‘Junk’ before now. It has to be the one of the first books that paved the way for what ‘YA’ is today; a genre that can depict harsh realities in an honest and thought provoking way and Burgess really achieves that here.It strongly reminded me of the true story of Christiane F., whose witness account on teenage drug addiction in Berlin in the 1970s was made into a book and later into a film, Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo. It haunted me for years after I read it in my early adolescence, and it leaves me pondering on what to do with Junk. Should I let my students and children read it? It is very good, and it will hardly trigger a healthy and stable young adult to try drugs. But it is a brutal account of violence and prostitution, and it might leave them with nightmares. Should one shield teenagers from the worst hardships, or let them discover the world in all its ugliness? The realities and consequences of war and political oppression are key themes of Beverley Naidoo's The Other Side of Truth (2000). After the assassination of their mother, Sade and Femi are forced to flee Nigeria to seek asylum England. Separated from their journalist father, and abandoned in London with no money and nowhere to go, Naidoo claims her novel aims to "reveal the impact of the wider society and its politics on the lives of young characters" (Naidoo). After a traumatic series of events, the children are placed with sensitive foster parents, only to discover that their father has been arrested, detained and is facing deportation. Written in the third person, and told from Sade's perspective, the novel contrasts the children's experiences in London with their old life in Nigeria and their expectations of England based on BBC World Service broadcasts. The contrasts between the two countries are reflected in the treatment that Sade and Femi receive at the hands of the children at school, the strangers they meet in London, and the welfare and social systems; and support Naidoo's belief that the world of refugees in Britain "is largely submerged under public indifference and increasingly overt hostility" (Naidoo, Carnegie Medal acceptance speech).

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