Copper Treasure by Melvin Burgess
  

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Copper Treasure by Melvin Burgess

Jamie, Ten Tons and Davies are mudlarks. To live, they sell bits of coal, rope and copper scavenged from the cold, foul mud of the River Thames. When only they see a valuable piece of copper fall off a ship, Ten Tons comes up with a daring plan to retrieve it. But it is a plan filled with great dan

About the Author

Melvin Burgess

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 in 1990. He moved to London in 1983 and began a small business marbling fabrics for the fashion industry. 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 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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Format

Paperback
96 pages
Interest Age: 6-12

Author

Melvin Burgess
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Author's Website

www.melvinburgess.net/

Publisher

Publication date

31st March 1999

ISBN

9780713649390


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