Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in
Published: October 1, 2013
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1623650208
ISBN - 13: 9781623650209
About the Book
When an adventurous sister and brother become orphans, a funny and heartbreaking road trip to New York ensues, as the pair searches for their long-lost uncle. On their adventures traveling alone from the flatlands of Winnipeg, Bob and the Rat make friends with a host of unlikely characters, including a hilarious con man and a famous rap star.
From the Publisher
Winner of the Booktrust Teenage Prize and a finalist for The
Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a starred review Kirkus
Review praised Unhooking the Moon as
a "rousing adventure on the not-so-mean streets, with heart
When an adventurous sister-and-brother duo become orphans, a funny
and heartbreaking roadtrip to New York ensues, as the pair searches
for their long-lost uncle.
Meet the Rat: A dancing, soccer-loving, fearless ten-year-old from
Winnipeg, Manitoba. Meet her older brother, Bob: Protector of the
Rat, though more often than not her faithful follower, Bob is
determined to build a new and better life for him and his sister in
America. Of particular concern for him are his sister's mysterious
fits, which keep getting more and more severe.
On their adventures traveling alone from the flatlands of
Winnipeg, southward across the border into America, Bob and the Rat
make friends with a host of unlikely characters, including a
hilarious con man and a famous rap star. As they struggle to
survive in the big city, they realize that finding your uncle in
New York is incredibly difficult if you have almost no information
about him-even if he is rumored to be one of the city's biggest
About the Author
Gregory Hughes was born in Liverpool, the eighth child in a family of nine. He was expelled from school and then sent to a home for wayward boys, where he spent some happy times among a cast of larger-than-life characters. After a few years in and out of trouble with the law, he went to university, and since then has travelled the world working as everything from a high-rise window cleaner to a deep-sea diver. He has made his home in many countries around the world, including Canada and the US, but is now back in Liverpool.
“Rollicking . . . poignantly wrought, concluding on a note, of hope and fraternal love.” —John Freeman Gill, The New York Times Book Review “Though many of Hughes'' characters will sink emotional hooks into readers, Rat takes and earns center stage by glibly charming the pants off every adult, showing a winning mix of quick wits and vulnerability. . . . Rousing adventures on the not-so-mean streets, with heart aplenty.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred) “[A] hilarious, poignant and devastatingly tragic tale of newly orphaned siblings. . . . [A] road trip tale for the ages.” —Jean Westmoore, The Buffalo News "This is an antic, swift-paced mini-epic filled with action and adventure. As a bemused Joey asks, ''Is there ever a dull moment around you kids?'' The answer, happily, is ''no.''"— Booklist "Quirky, poignant . . . From First Nation Natives in Winnipeg to gangsters and a rap star in Manhattan, Bob and the Rat interact with a predictably wild array of characters; readers will appreciate Bob’s seesawing between his determination to protect his ''drama queen'' of a sister and his frustration at her recklessness."— Publishers Weekly “ Unhooking the Moon is a delightful adventure story, off-kilter fairytale and a marvelous commentary on the strong emotional bonds between siblings. Bob and the Rat are endearing characters, the plot is engaging, and the pace is perfect.” —Terry Miller Sha