Unhooking the Moon, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Adventure
  • ISBN: 9781849162951



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2010 Booktrust Award winner. 2 orphans, brother and younger sister, on a road trip from Canada to USA to find their long-lost uncle. Peppered with aboriginal myths and customs. Satisfying, issue-packed YA read, but I fear some parents will challenge the book because of the "look out for the pedophiles" send-off that the alcoholic father gives his children each day. Strong character development of 2 protagonists, however many of their actions seemed at odds with their tender ages.

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Bob narrates the story of how he and The Rat (his sister) are left orphans when their father dies and set off from the praries of Winnipeg to New York to find their uncle. Bob and The Rat meet various people on their journey, some kind, some not, and it is their interaction with these people and each other that makes up the bulk of the story. I'm quite tempted to condemn this book with the epithet 'heartwarming', and I'm sure a lot of people (especially those older than the teenagers it's aimed at) will find it so. However, despite the 'wise' child and the fearful brother, it just about rescues itself from being slushy by the matter-of-fact, and sometimes genuinely funny, narrative style and the unexpected ending. But only just. If there's one thing I can't stand it's writers who make children under 10 unnaturally well-informed...