Wednesday, November 03, 2010

2010 book 260

Gregory Hughes' Unhooking the Moon
This book recently won something called the Booktrust Teenage Prize, which I guess is for like really awesome YA in the UK. Anyway, it's about two kids--twelve year old Bob, who has a crush on his student teacher, and his ten year old sister the Rat, who is amazingly charming and eccentric. When their father dies, they're left as orphans, and they run away from Winnipeg to New York to find their uncle, but all they know is his name and that he's a drug dealer. Events that should be completely unbelievable somehow aren't, because the children are so likable and sweet. Things do take a dark turn toward the end, but on the whole I found this story to be really engaging. A/A-.

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