Eleven-year-old Martha is used to being the one who has to keep her head. Tug, her little brother, is too small. Dad is too strange. And Mum's not here any more.
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 favourite 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. There is only one person who can sort things out now. Dad.
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This is an engaging, ultra-modern story - sometimes sharply amusing, sometimes achingly sad -
How love is tested, challenged and threatened, but can ultimately hold families together is at the heart of Moon Pie . . . This is a beautifully told story that is long on affection and short on preaching - Guardian
Mason tackles the sensitive topic of an alcoholic father with great aplomb. It's happy, sad, compassionate and funny with wonderfully drawn child characters Martha and Tug - The Bookseller
Funny and sad . . . Touching, truthful and memorable - The Sunday Times
Incisive observations combined with perfectly timed comedic movements make this a sure winner - The Bookseller
Topics like dead mothers and alcoholic fathers are extremely difficult to address for this age group, but Mason tells the story with compassion and humour - The Bookseller
I loved this gorgeous little book . . . the genuine love in the family shines through - The Bookbag
Original, charming, touching and outstanding. A good-hearted humour pervades the text of this fine family tale of the resourcefulness of the young - The School Librarian
Simon Mason lives in Oxford with his wife and two children. He is the author of the hilarious and heart-warming QUIGLEYS series, featuring the eccentric Quigley family, the first of which was Highly Commended in the Branford Boase Award 2003. He is also the author of three novels of black comedy for adults.