Melvin Burgess’s seminal book Junk is regarded as a door-opener for YA fiction in the UK. Junk won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize as well as the Carnegie Medal in 1996. His first book, The Cry of the Wolf, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. His work has been widely adapted for stage, TV and film at home and abroad. He lives in Hebden Bridge and continues to write inventive novels for young people.