Unhooking the Moon
Written by Gregory Hughes
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Winner of the Book Trust Teenage Book Prize 2010 and shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2010. Shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase Award 2011.
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story! This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids who embark on an epic road trip to New York to find their long lost uncle.
Chair of the BookTrust Teenage Book Prize and author Tony Bradman said:
"All of us felt that Unhooking the Moon stood out from the beginning of our discussions. As a writer Gregory Hughes has a genuinely unique voice. Unhooking the Moon is original, poignant and funny and full of terrific characters and gripping storytelling, while also managing to explore the kind of themes teenagers will find engaging."
The shortlist of six on the teenage Book prize included: Halo by Zizou Corder, Nobody's Girl by Sarra Manning, The Enemy by Charlie Higson, Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick, Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace and Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes.
Titles shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2011:
The Teenage Book Prize 2010 shortlist:
Halo - Zizou Corder
Nobody's Girl - Sarra Manning
The Enemy - Charlie Higson
Revolver - Marcus Sedgwick
Out of Shadows - Jason Wallace
Unhooking the Moon - Gregory Hughes
Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes
Meet the Rat: A dancing, football-playing gangster-baiting ten-year-old. When she foresaw her father's death, she picked up her football and decided to head for New York. Meet her older brother Bob: Protector of the Rat, but more often her follower, he is determined to find their uncle in America and discover a new life for them both. On their adventures across the flatlands of Winnipeg and through the exciting streets of New York, Bob and the Rat make friends with a hilarious con man and a famous rap star, and escape numerous dangers. But is their Uncle a rich business man, or is the word on the street, that he something more sinister, true? And will they ever find him? Hughes has created a funny, warm, unique world that lives and breathes. Like I Capture the Castle, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Curious Incident, Hughes' story and characters will resonate for many and for years to come.
'A brave, zany and warm-hearted road story'
'It's funny, it's wise, it's beautifully written. It's not afraid of a bittersweet ending, and it came at me completely from left field.'
'Wonderful novel ... powerfully heart-warming narrative'
+). Sunday Times 'This great book tells a story of orphans Rat and Bob on a perilous road trip from Winnipeg to New York ... hilarious
About the Author
More books by Gregory Hughes
Quercus Publishing Plc
29th April 2010
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