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PublisherAndersen Press Ltd
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The Baby and Fly Pie
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Julia Eccleshare's comment:
Award-winning Melvin Burgess is at his most tender in this thought provoking and deeply moving story. Sham and Fly Pie make their living on the rubbish tip. Scavenging for Mother Shelly they pick up this and that and Fly Pie dreams always of escape – escape to the country and a proper way of life. But, then the rubbish tip throws up something different. A baby. A baby worth seventeen million pounds. What choices should Fly Pie make now? 'We're the rubbish kids, losers and orphans. Every day we go out on to the Tip to sort rubbish for Mother Shelly'. For Sham, Fly Pie and his sister Jane, this is the grim reality of their lives.
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SynopsisThe Baby and Fly Pie by Melvin Burgess
'We're the rubbish kids, losers and orphans. Every day we go out on to the Tip to sort rubbish for Mother Shelly'. For Sham, Fly Pie and his sister Jane, this is the grim reality of their lives. Then one day everything changes when they find a baby on the Tip - a baby worth seventeen million pounds...This discovery takes them into a savage, lonely city and so begins an endless fight for survival.
- Totally gripping and charged with intense emotion. -- Mail on Sunday
About The Author
Melvin Burgess was brought up in Sussex and Berkshire. As a child, his reading included The Wind in the Willows and Gerald Durrell's animal stories. He went on to enjoy The Hobbit and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast books. A generally unconfident student, he became interested in writing when he was twelve and an English teacher praised one of his stories - "it was about the first time I'd ever done anything that got an A. I was so pleased I never stopped." After leaving school, Melvin moved to Bristol where he worked on occasional jobs, mainly in the building industry, and was often unemployed. He started writing in his twenties and wrote on and off for the next fifteen years before The Cry of the Wolf was published. He moved to London in 1983 and began a small business marbling fabrics for the fashion industry.
Melvin Burgess is regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature. In 1997, his controversial bestseller Junk won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal. It was also shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. Four of his novels have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Melvin lives in Hebden Bridge with his partner.
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