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  • Published: 15 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9781783444885
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $22.99

Sara's Face

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When Sara meets ageing rock star Jonathon Heat, he promises her the world. She'll become famous, beautiful, and extraordinary. But there's always a price to pay...

Sara is not your typical teenage girl. She wants more than just an ordinary life. She wants fame and beauty. She wants to be extraordinary. After she is injured in a mysterious accident, Sara meets Jonathon Heat, rock star. Heat is the centre of bizarre rumours and intense public adoration.
And as Sara becomes ever more drawn into his powerful orbit, it soon becomes clear that Jonathon Heat wants something impossibly precious from her. But what does Sara really want?

Sara's Face is a chilling exploration of the dark extremes of fame, plastic surgery and obsession.

  • Pub date: 15 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9781783444885
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $22.99

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 Sara's Face

“His most ingenious and chilling yet.”


“It's thrilling . . . gaining momentum and causing frantic page-turning”

Philip Ardagh, Guardian

“Burgess writes with a sharpness, and a sympathy for the characters.”

Independent on Sunday

“For those who want their cautionary tales with a bit of grit this is worth reading.”

Amanda Craig, The Times

“A chilling, unputdownable, sinister thriller.”

The Bookseller

“A chillingly clever satire”

Daily Telegraph

“Gripping psychological thriller . . . contains some of Melvin Burgess's best writing to date”

The Scotsman

“This book was intriguing, thrilling and tackled complex issues with skill.”

Sunday Herald

“A gripping account of the nightmare world of self-harming and self-hating (but loveable) teenager Sara . . . may be Burgess's very best book to date.”

Irish Sunday Independent

“Remarkable and challenging look at the modern-day obsession with beauty and celebrity.”

Publishing News

“This hard-hitting, multiple perspective novel forces us to confront and examine widely held values and will provoke discussion. Do not miss it.”

Nikki Gamble, The Bookseller

“Chillingly intense . . . young adults will find it hard to put the book down.”


“Melvin Burgess' books . . . always challenge the reader to think long and hard - and this topical thriller is no exception.”

Funday Times Online

“This is young adult fiction at its challenging and thrilling best”


“If there's one certainty in life when you hear there's a new book by Melvin Burgess, it's that it won't be some bland piece of kid-lit”

Publishing News

“Sara's Face is possibly one of the best books on the planet”

Carlisle News & Star


Books For Keeps

“One of the most relevant and resonant novels for teenagers published this year . . . a fascinating and intricate novel”

Jake Hope, Achuka

“A very sharp, slick and extremely disturbing psychological thriller.”

School Librarian

“Perhaps his most shocking novel to date”

Children's Books Ireland

“Burgess wraps his message about vanity and celebrity-obsessed culture in a nightmarish, unforgettable story.”

Publishing Weekly

“A must read for Melvin Burgess fans, yet again Burgess manages to take a simple plot and turn it on its head so your kept on the edge of your seat right to the bitter end. A brilliant read.”

Sarah Campbell, Waterstone's Wolverhampton

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