Moon Pie by Simon Mason

11 year old Martha looks after her father and her younger brother Tug after her mother died two years ago. However dad is a problem, he has stopped working and started acting very strangely. This involves taking them on a picnic in the park at midnight and leaving them on their own at night. It becomes apparent he is an alcoholic and just cannot cope with life without his wife. This could have become a very “issue” driven book but instead becomes a story full of wit, humour, life and above all love. The characters are wonderfully drawn especially Martha’s friend Marcus and her little brother Tug. Moon Pie is on the longlist for this year’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.


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