How did I get it?:
I bought it at the gorgeous Storytellers Inc
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.
Whilst I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book, it was Katie at Storytellers Inc that pushed this book into my hands with the help of Luna. Both Katie and Luna thought it was a great piece of middle grade literature. I really don’t need much persuading so I checked it out. It’s such a sweet, unique read with characters that really warm your heart.
Unhooking The Moon is a story about Bob and his sister, The Rat (aka Marie Claire). Rat is an unusual girl, she makes predictions that come true. After correctly predicting that their father was going to die, the Rat and Bob travel to New York, to find their uncle Jerome DeBillier who they think is a drug dealer. They meet many unusual characters along the way to New York and experience many adventures!
I was surprised by Unhooking The Moon, especially because it is Gregory Hughes’ debut novel. It strikes me as one of the most unique debuts that I’ve read. The story is very original with as I said, some very unusual characters. The Rat herself is such a stand out character. She’s carefree and wise, adventurous and fearless. I get the feeling that she could annoy some, but she really grew on me and made the story what it was. Rat does have strange fits and premonitions. I never really worked her out and her brother Bob doesn’t either. Yet, there’s something about the character that draws you to her.
Unhooking The Moon is quite a hard book to get into, but it’s worth persevering with. It’s definitely got a magical element and reminded me very much of a fairy tale. But it’s not a happily ever after tale. It’s actually quite dark despite being aimed at younger readers. The darkness of the tale does mean any age can appreciate it, if they just go with the story instead of trying to make too much sense of it. The language itself is quite simple, which is refreshing. It definitely makes the story more credible considering it is coming from a pre-teen’s voice.
I’m glad that I was convinced to read this book. I haven’t read another book like it before. I’ll be remembering this book for a while!
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