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Unhooking the Moon Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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An Amazon Best Children’s Book of the Month, October 2013: In this utterly charming adventure, orphaned siblings Bob and his younger sister Marie Claire, a.k.a. the Rat, leave their Winnipeg home for the streets of New York City in search of their long-lost uncle. From homeless men and hustlers to a big-time rapper, the characters we meet in Unhooking the Moon all have one thing in common--adoration of the fearless Rat. And after only a few chapters it becomes obvious why--the Rat has unwavering trust in her instincts about people, and her faith in their goodness brings it to bear, even in the most unlikely circumstances. Brother Bob is her hapless follower and protector and the unbreakable bond between them is one of the greatest pleasures of the book. Even the most improbable events seem plausible in this story and the reader can’t help but root for these kids to find their uncle and rebuild their family.--Seira Wilson
From School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Determined not to be placed in foster care after their widowed father dies suddenly, 12-year-old Bob DeBillier and 10-year-old Marie Claire (aka "the Rat," her Indian name) hop a freight train in Winnipeg and head to New York in hopes of finding their long-lost Uncle Jerome, reputed to be a drug dealer. The colorful characters and exciting, often dangerous adventures along the way comprise the plot, but it is Rat's persona that drives the story. Clairvoyant, precocious, rambunctious, and the victim of mysterious seizures, she convinces Bob, who narrates from a years-later vantage point, that biking from Brooklyn to the Bronx, sleeping behind bushes in Central Park, scamming in Times Square with an aging con man, and intruding into the life of a famous rap star are all necessary to find Uncle Jerome. But when Rat disappears in midtown, things turn dark, and Bob must find the courage and help he needs to find her, plunging into a situation with violent consequences. While a good deal of the action and over-the-top characterizaion strain credibility, readers will be engrossed in the story right up to the unsettling conclusion. A strong dose of swearing, some foul language, and Rat's habit of bleeping out the ubiquitous f-word pepper the dialogue, and vivid descriptions of Winnipeg and New York City provide a strong, authentic sense of place. This title is fast-paced and entertaining.-Marie Orlando, formerly at Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Unhooking The Moon is a hilarious, well-written novel about snobby, misunderstood, and sometimes scary Marie Claire (AKA, the Rat) and her quieter, noble big brother Bob. When their single dad dies, the Rat admits she had a dream about a man surrounded by skyscrapers, so off they go from Winnipegg, in Canada to New York City in search of their long lost uncle to prevent being put in a home. beware, this book is not recommended for kids 7 and under. It does contain some explicit content such as mention of paedophiles, and there a few various parts in the book where the Rat has ''fits'' when she shakes and cannot breath but it is still an AMAZING book. I recommend that a guardian reads the book also, so you can talk through some of the more advanced parts. i recommend it to kids ages 8-13.
thought it would be more fantastical
deals with sexual child abuse, and murder, so discretion is wise. not appropriate for a child not ready to tackle that.
Part of my job is to explore and recommend new books for our grades 2-5 students. Due to some of the language I would probably keep this for young middle school pupils.