Unhooking The Moon

Hardcover | October 1, 2013

byGregory Hughes

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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 aplenty."

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 drug dealers.

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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 aplenty." When an adventurous sister-and-brother duo become orphans, a funny and heartbreaking roadtrip to New York ensu...

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 worl...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.75 × 1.25 inPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:QuercusLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1623650208

ISBN - 13:9781623650209

Customer Reviews of Unhooking The Moon

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever! This book was the best, sad ending but it was so action filled and overall great! I loved the start though.
Date published: 2015-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is why I love children's books! Bob and his little sister Marie Clare live with their father in Winnipeg. When the unthinkable happens and their dad passes away, the two siblings go on a journey across several provinces to New York City to find their long-lost Uncle. What a story! It starts off a bit slow, but I can understand that Hughes is setting up the environment that they're used to living. Once they're on the road, it becomes a huge difference from their sheltered life. The pacing is great once they hit New York. I loved the main characters. I was entrapped by the Rat's vivacious personality and charming demeanor. Never have I read about such a character with a larger than life personality. It was almost like she was in her own little world. And Bob who narrates the story is such a protective older brother. He's at that awkward stage where girls are becoming pretty and less cootie-inducing. I enjoyed their banter the most. The secondary characters they meet add to the fun. And I get how Rat had a second opinion about everyone. It was almost a mystery to me as to why she had so many premonitions. Then the ending just broke my heart. You knew it would be serious and even though it ended on such a positive tone, I couldn't help but want a happier ending.
Date published: 2014-01-03

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"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 â??drama queen' of a sister and his frustration at her recklessness."-Publishers Weekly