Moon Pie by Simon Mason

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Someone has to keep their head, as Mum used to say, and 11-year-old Martha is used to being that someone in her family. Her little brother, Tug, is too small. Her dad has been acting too strange. And Mum's not here anymore.

So when Dad falls off the roof, it's Martha who ices his knee and takes him to the doctor. And when Dad doesn't come home, it's Martha who cooks Tug's favorite pie and reads him his bedtime story. And when Dad passes out, it's Martha who cleans him up and keeps his secret.

But eventually Dad's problems become too big for even Martha to solve, and she realizes it's not all up to her—there are people and places she can turn to.

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About Simon Mason

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SIMON MASON is the author of the Quigleys series for young readers: The Quigleys (Highly Commended in the UK's Branford Boase Award), The Quigleys at Large, The Quigleys Not for Sale, and The Quigleys in a Spin. He has also written three adult novels. Simon lives in Oxford with his wife and two children.
Published November 8, 2011 by David Fickling Books. 338 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Grandma (“scary in a well-spoken sort of way”) and Grandpa dutifully take care of the children while Dad’s in rehab, but sanity comes in the delightfully improbable form of a flamboyant, cross-dressing 12-year-old filmmaker named Marcus who offers Martha practical advice and starring roles in his...

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The Guardian

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Moon Pie is a wonderful, witty, well written book that addresses important issues in a funny way.

Nov 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Moon Pie

The Guardian

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Some of Dad's strangeness is quite fun: for example, he surprises Martha and Tug with a midnight picnic, which Martha is determined to like even though she finds it a little odd.

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Publishers Weekly

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Keeping the focus on stalwart, responsible 11-year-old Martha, who has been taking on increasing household responsibilities since her mother’s death two years earlier, Mason eschews didacticism and melodrama, closely portraying Martha’s puzzlement about the changes in her once safe and reassu...

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The Bookbag

My favourite is Marcus, Martha's crossdressing, camp-as-a-row-of-tents schoolfriend who's obsessed with film-making and who prances and dances around the pages of the book like a junior Ken Russell.

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I'll remember the candles in the grass, like flowers made out of flame, and Tug dreaming of pie, and Dad telling me he loves me.

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