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  • Published: 1 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9781849393973
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $14.99

Burning Issy

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A fantastic new edition of this Melvin Burgess classic

'Are you frightened of dying, Issy?'
Issy doesn't know where she came from or who she is. Night after night, she has the same nightmare: she burns in a fire and at the heart of the flames is a face she dare not look at. Fear and superstition are everywhere. She must run - from the Witch-finder, from the evil hag who wants her, from those she loves and maybe even from her own true nature...

  • Pub date: 1 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9781849393973
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Melvin Burgess

Melvin Burgess was born in London and brought up in Surrey and Sussex. He has had a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer. Before his first novel, he had short stories published and a play broadcast on Radio 4. He is now regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature, having won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for his acclaimed novel Junk.

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Praise for Burning Issy

“A writer of the highest quality with exceptional powers of insight”

Sunday Times

“Brutally honest...this remarkable historical novel erupts into life from the very first page”

Financial Times

“Haunting, absorbing, sometimes shocking, and beautifully told...Burgess seamlessly blends history with his invented elements.”

The Bookbag

“Carnegie-prize winning Melvin Burgess brings the past to life in this atmospheric story of witchcraft in seventeenth-century England.”


“A real page-turner . . . written with a tough, compelling clarity”


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