Moon Pie by Simon Mason
  

Moon Pie

Written by Simon Mason

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One of the 4 titles longlisted for the Guardian Children's Book Prize 2011.

How love is tested, challenged and threatened, but can ultimately hold families together is at the heart of Moon Pie. Martha is used to managing her father's sometimes erratic behaviour after her mother dies. Dealing with his oddities and caring for her small brother Tug seems not much stranger than her friend Marcus' obsession with Hollywood movies. But finally, even for her, it is all just a bit too much. This is a beautifully told story that is long on affection and short on preaching.

Titles longlisted for the 2011 Guardian Children's Book Prize:

My Name is Mina by David Almond

Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans

Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge

Momentum by Saci Lloyd

Moon Pie by Simon Mason

Return to Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Mr Gum and the Secret Hideout by Andy Stanton

Synopsis

Moon Pie by Simon Mason

When I'm older, she thought, I'll remember this midnight picnic as a good thing. I'll forget that I was scared of the dark, and that Dad was strange. I'll remember the candles in the grass, like flowers made out of flame, and Tug dreaming of pie, and Dad telling me he loves me.

Eleven-year-old Martha is used to being the one who has to keep their head. Tug, her little brother, is too small. Dad is too strange. And Mum's not here any more. So when Dad falls off the roof, it's Martha who ices his knee and takes him to the doctor. And when Dad doesn't come home, it's Martha who cooks Tug's favourite pie and reads him his bedtime story. And when Dad passes out, it's Martha who cleans him up and keeps his secret. But eventually Dad's problems become too big for even Martha to solve. There is only one person who can sort things out now. Dad.

Reviews

A spiked children's classic, and an utter delight ... A beautifully written, exquisitely touching but gently humorous novel. -- Dinah Hall The Sunday Telegraph Zany, thought-provoking, and humorous, Moon Pie is a high impact novel. Vivid characterisation and an assured, lively and sometimes lyrical tone create a wholly convincing backdrop for Martha who is struggling to keep her family on track through her father's alcoholism. Incisive observations combined with perfectly timed comedic movements make this a sure winner. -- Jake Hope The Bookseller A subtle book that is very moving at but also full of wit, life and, above all, love. -- Marcus Sedgwick The Guardian Outstanding ... This is a book that addresses painful events with a wonderfully ebullient comic touch ... It's Mason's gift for the way that people, especially children, speak and think that makes the book gripping and absorbing ... [It] addresses a difficult subject with a vigour and charm that will beguile any child interested in real life. The opposite of grim, its originality, tone and ebullience deserves prizes as well as praise. -- Amanda Craig The Times This is a beautifully told story that is long on affection and short on preaching. -- Julia Eccleshare The Guardian.co.uk

About the Author

Simon Mason

Simon Mason (born Sheffield, England, 1962) is an English author of juvenile and adult fiction. Mason's best-known adult book, The Great English Nude, was nominated for several prizes, but narrowly missed out. His best-known children's work is "The Quigleys" series about a spirited and lovable family.

Mason now lives in Oxford with his wife Eluned Harries and children Gwil and Eleri and is currently writing The Rough Guide to Classic Novels.

After completing the Rough Guide, Mason is expected to continue with his long term book, The High Priestess Of Love at 40.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
336 pages
Interest Age: From 9 from 9 to 11 To 11

Author

Simon Mason
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Publisher

David Fickling Books an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Publication date

7th April 2011

ISBN

9780385618519

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