Unhooking the Moon: Book summary and reviews of Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes

Unhooking the Moon

by Gregory Hughes

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Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes
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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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"Quirky, poignant ... Occasional dark undertones foreshadow the unexpectedly sad, yet realistic conclusion that skillfully avoids turning maudlin. Ages 9–12." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. So appealing are they that when one of them suffers a tremendous blow, readers will feel it as intensely as the other characters...Rousing adventures on the not-so-mean streets, with heart aplenty. Fiction. 11-13." - Kirkus Reviews

"Screams instant classic!" - The Observer (UK)

"A brave, zany and warm-hearted road story." - The Guardian (UK)

"Memorable." - Sunday Times(UK)

"A deliciously subversive, tragic fairytale ... it made me laugh even when I should have been crying." - Mal Peet, author of Exposure

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Gregory Hughes

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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