Shooting The Moon by V M Jones

Shooting The Moon

Written by V M Jones

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A coming-of-age novel of a young man whose life is a balancing act between his passion – rock climbing - and his domineering father’s ambitions for him. As he confronts his life head on, events spiral out of control and the issues he faces and the choices he must make have a life and death consequence about them. Wonderfully pacy, well-written this is a sensitive yet powerful novel.


Shooting The Moon by V M Jones

Pip McLeod's life is a balancing act between family, friends and his sporting passion, rock-climbing. Pip's ambitions are clear-cut, but it isn't long before real life gets in their way. His father loses his job, and as his older brother's life goes into a dangerous downward spiral, Pip is forced to confront tough issues of loyalty and responsibility. At the same time he must deal with the romantic rivalry between the gorgeous girl next door and his friendly climbing partner. How will he choose between them? Will betraying his brother save him or condemn him? And will his father's remorseless ambition for his sons end in disaster? On the traditional father-son hunting trip Pip realises he must solve things his own way - if he can.


The language is realistic and simple and will appeal to pre-teens as well as to the younger teenager. -- Vivien Hamilton Telegraph Pacy, well written and draws the reader in Marlborough Express Remarkable...This is a sensitive and powerful novel. -- Trevor Agnew Magpies A hugely satisfying high-energy read for that tough but oh-so-tender teen. -- Jenny Chamberlain North and South A well-written adventure and a powerful yet accessible text. Write Away

About the Author

V M Jones

V M Jones was born in Zambia and educated in Zimbabwe. She completed a BA in English, Archaeology and Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town and is a qualified gemmologist. Jones has lived in Christchurch with her husband and two children since 1997.

About her first novel, Buddy (2002), Ian Sharp wrote in theSunday Star Times that it is ‘a remarkably assured first novel exploring difficult issues (puberty, jealousy, sexual stirrings, broken families, fear of failure), Buddy marks the arrival of an impressive new talent.’

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256 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

1st May 2008




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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