Melvin Burgess’s book Junk kick-started the YA genre in the UK in 1996, winning both the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal. It was recently voted one of the top ten Carnegie winners ever. He has written 25 books and won many other awards over the years, including the LA YA Book of the Year Award for Doing It. His work has been widely adapted for stage and screen and he has continued to publish popular, controversial and cutting-edge fiction for young people ever since. His latest book, The Lost Witch, came out in 2018.