Unhooking the Moon [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/02/2013
Published in England in 2010 to acclaim and awards, Hughes’s quirky, poignant debut is narrated by nearly-13-year-old Bob, who lives in thrall to his 10-year-old sister, known as the Rat. Prone to seizures and visions, the Rat is obsessed with pedophiles and has a knack for wise, wry adages. The story opens in the siblings’ Winnipeg home, where the Rat’s offhand claim that their loving, but somewhat hapless widowed father will die quickly proves true; she then persuades Bob to travel to New York City to find their long-lost uncle, a purported drug dealer. A madcap road trip via bicycles and freight trains ensues, followed by relentless New York City adventures that include sleeping in Central Park, hustling tourists, and knocking on seedy building doors. 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. Occasional dark undertones foreshadow the unexpectedly sad, yet realistic conclusion that skillfully avoids turning maudlin. Ages 9–12. (Oct.)
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"The colorful characters and exciting... readers will be engrossed in the story right up to the unsettling conclusion. . . fast-paced and entertaining."—Marie Orlando, School Library Journal

"[A] hilarious, poignant and devastatingly tragic tale of newly orphaned siblings.... [A] road trip tale for the ages."—Jean Westmoore, The Buffalo News

"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)

"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

"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 Shannon, Kidsreads.com

"Screams instant classic!"—Barbara Ellen, The Observer

"Rollicking... poignantly wrought, concluding on a note, of hope and fraternal love."—John Freeman Gill, The New York Times Book Review

"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

"Memorable."—Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times

"A masterpeice among novels; a stunning tale of self-journey, friendship and loyalty... an absolute delight."—Chelsea Brown, Books for Keeps"A deliciously subversive, tragic fairytale... it made me laugh even when I should have been crying."—Mal Peet, author of Exposure

"A brave, zany and warm-hearted road story."—Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian

"Unhooking the Moon is one of the best books I have ever read. The story line is so good I can't explain it in words. It is intense and has a lot of action.
I think it is a great book for growing kids."—Mattieu Pattugalann, Newsday

VOYA - Mary Kusluch
Unhooking The Moon is a must-read. It is a fascinating tale about two children, the Rat and Bob, running away to New York to find their uncle; the Rat forges their way with her acting skills and fearless attitude toward street hustlers and drug dealers. This is a wonderful journey with a shocking ending—everyone should read their story! Reviewer: Mary Kusluch, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Nancy Wallace
Twelve-year-old Bob and his younger sister, Marie Claire (affectionately known as "the Rat") arrive home after school to find their father dead on the kitchen floor. The orphans travel from Winnipeg to New York City to find their only surviving family member, an uncle, Jerome DeBillier, whom they suspect is a drug dealer. They hop a freight train, cross the border into the United States, and team up with a cigar smuggler who gives them a ride into the Big Apple. Marie Claire sees visions and had predicted her father's death and the relative safety of their trip. She warns Bob of dangerous situations while he, in turn, protects her. The innocent duo finds allies in the strangest places. Ice, a famous rapper, shelters them in his apartment one rainy night, and fatherly doormen chase away potential assailants. The bittersweet ending leaves Marie Claire hospitalized with psychological shock after Ice has a shootout with a gang of pedophiles operating a foster home. Bob is united with his uncle, the CEO of a pharmaceutical company. This delightful romp offers something completely unique in the profusion of cookie-cutter young adult fiction. The irrepressible Marie Claire, with all of her quirks and eccentricities, drives this fast-paced novel. Bob's levelheadedness never tempts the Rat's reckless enthusiasm, but his devotion to her safety is both unusual and touching. Each character, even the minor ones, is crafted with care. This uniquely funny, sad, and entirely entertaining novel deserves a place in every young adult collection. Reviewer: Nancy Wallace
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 5–8—Determined not to be placed in foster care after their widowed father dies suddenly, 12-year-old Bob DeBillier and 10-year-old Marie Claire (aka "the Rat," her Indian name) hop a freight train in Winnipeg and head to New York in hopes of finding their long-lost Uncle Jerome, reputed to be a drug dealer. The colorful characters and exciting, often dangerous adventures along the way comprise the plot, but it is Rat's persona that drives the story. Clairvoyant, precocious, rambunctious, and the victim of mysterious seizures, she convinces Bob, who narrates from a years-later vantage point, that biking from Brooklyn to the Bronx, sleeping behind bushes in Central Park, scamming in Times Square with an aging con man, and intruding into the life of a famous rap star are all necessary to find Uncle Jerome. But when Rat disappears in midtown, things turn dark, and Bob must find the courage and help he needs to find her, plunging into a situation with violent consequences. While a good deal of the action and over-the-top characterizaion strain credibility, readers will be engrossed in the story right up to the unsettling conclusion. A strong dose of swearing, some foul language, and Rat's habit of bleeping out the ubiquitous f-word pepper the dialogue, and vivid descriptions of Winnipeg and New York City provide a strong, authentic sense of place. This title is fast-paced and entertaining.—Marie Orlando, formerly at Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Two Canadian children take on the Big Apple in this deliciously unlikely, unbridled romp. Astonished to hear that their father had a drug-dealing brother in New York, newly orphaned Bob and his live-wire little sister, Marie Claire (aka Rat), hitchhike to the city from Winnipeg. For lack of a better plan, they wander Manhattan and the Bronx asking passersby if they know him. This strategy leads to encounters with a host of colorful city types, notably a pair of softhearted con men and a lonely rising rap star, plus plenty of terrific street theater and nights spent sleeping in, alternately, Central Park and a hyperluxurious apartment. And ultimately the children's search is successful! Their information about Uncle Jerome is even (more or less) accurate, as he turns out to be the CEO of a huge pharmaceutical company. 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, and taking wild flights of imagination--her explanation of the (subtle) differences between a Windigo and a pedophile being a particular highlight. So appealing are they that when one of them suffers a tremendous blow, readers will feel it as intensely as the other characters. The dizzying highs intensify but also ameliorate that devastating low. Rousing adventures on the not-so-mean streets, with heart aplenty. (Fiction. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623650216
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 539,443
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 727 KB

Meet 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.
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