Moon Pie by Simon Mason
  

Moon Pie

Written by Simon Mason

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April 2012 Book of the Month. As touching a story as its title suggests, Moon Pie is deft and witty in how it tells the story of Martha, who tries to cope with her father’s increasingly erratic and unpredictable behaviour after her mother dies. Older than her years, Martha is very sensible; dealing with his oddities as well as caring for her small brother Tug seems not much stranger to her than her friend Marcus’s obsession with Hollywood movies. But finally, even for her, it is all just a bit too much. How Martha, Dad, Tug, the grandparents as well as Marcus and his family all move to a surer grip on life is beautifully told in a story that is long in affection and short on preaching or problem-solving.

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Synopsis

Moon Pie by Simon Mason

Eleven-year-old Martha is used to being the one who has to keep her 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

'Mason avoids all the potential pitfalls, and instead has written a subtle book that is very moving at times .. but also full of wit, life and, above all, love. [This book] deserves to be read.' Marcus Sedgwick in The Guardian

‘This is an engaging, ultra-modern story, sometimes sharply amusing, sometimes achingly sad.’ Jacqueline Wilson

‘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’ - Amanda Craig, The Times

‘Simon Mason's Moon Pie is an absolute delight. It is honest, and tackles a difficult subject - the descent into alcoholism of a man who has lost his wife - with great wit.’ Philip Womack, The Telegraph

‘A spiked children's classic, and an utter delight... A beautifully written, exquisitely touching but gently humorous novel.’ Dinah Hall, The Sunday Telegraph

‘Candid and humorous...Moon Pie is a moving tale of the serious side of life.’ Dale Berning, The Observer

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

Paperback
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

29th March 2012

ISBN

9781849920360

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