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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385618514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385618519
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 13 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pelargonium Pete on 6 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
Martha, aged 11, cooks, sews and generally looks after her increasingly odd father, and her little brother Tug. In her spare time she helps her flamboyant best friend Marcus to remake classic movies. But Dad isn't just eccentric, he's alcoholic. Simon Mason manages to pull off the difficult trick of keeping the story light and quirky, whilst not flinching from the consequences that this brings for Martha and Tug.
Don't be put off by the seemingly dark side to this story. It's a really enjoyable read, and one that will make young readers think, too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DunxE on 28 Jun 2011
Format: Hardcover
I had high hopes for this book as the whole family are such huge fans of Simon Mason's other books, especially those featuring The Quigleys. These rank at the top of children's fiction, as modern family equivalents of hilarious stories such as Just William, and more recognisable but just as fun as must-read Mr Gum (You're a Bad Man, Mr. Gum!).

This is an altogether more complete tale than any of those above. Dealing with the difficult issues of loss of a parent, alcoholism, growing up and family relationships (with a happy ending!), this is my book of the year so far.

Martha, the 11-12 year-old heroine, made my smile and cry and grit my teeth in sympathy. Her brother Tug, only 5 at the start of the story, is a perfect partner for her, and gives a fresh perspective to the story (viewed through his eyes basic needs such as sleep and hunger are never far away). The alcoholic father is hugely sympathetic, tragic and frightening, and other characters are finely drawn and recognisable in every detail.

Mind you, I would like this book. I like pies.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Candy Gourlay VINE VOICE on 17 May 2011
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The characters are what make this superb. Martha takes charge of everything when Father goes strange - "I am 11," she declares. Five year old Tug yearns for pie and helps Martha roll Dad on the floor when he passes out. Twelve year old Marcus is obsessed with fashion and film and creates speed videos of the old classics (playing all the roles of course). There's a dead, glamorous mother, a stern grandma with lots of rules, a dad falling off his life. And yet every chapter has a hilarious note, and even as you despair for Dad, your heart can't help but swell at these magnificent children, innocent, wise and unflinching - this keeps company with the best of Morris Gleitzman and Frank Cottrell Boyce. The author's deft touch keeps the light shining even in the darkest moments. Unforgettable and unmissable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Murray on 4 Mar 2012
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Picked this up in the library for my nine year old who is an avid reader. She was reluctant to pick it up at first but I read the first chapter for her one night and she was absolutely hooked. I found myself the next day picking it up to read after the school run as I couldn't wait to find out what happened next............

My daughter truly loved it and I think its great because its about real life scenarios in a light hearted way
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barmy_Bex on 4 Dec 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is another book that has been nominated for Children's Book of the Year with our Children's Book Group. I am reading all the shortlist first before they are given to the Children. Aimed at 8-12 year olds.
Martha is 11 and has a lot of responsibility, she's used to being in charge and staying calm, since her mum dies she's had to help look after her 5 year old brother Tug and also care for her dad who keeps acting 'strange'. This is principally a story about Alcoholism, and toldd through Martha's point of view. It's really chilling but also heart warming to see her discover what's wrong with her dad and also work to try and 'fix' everything. Tug offers a bit of comic relief but also pulls your heart strings - his view of events is very often focused on food and sleep - the main focus of any young child, but when he asks Martha about his Dad and what will happen to them, it melts your heart.
For a children's book it is quite a strong topic - but I know there are a lot of kids that go through this sort of thing so this helps others and them have an understanding of what is happening to them.
I didn't think I would like this book and for the first 50 or so pages I still wasn't sure, but I became connected to Martha and wanted to know what happened to her and little Tug.
This is one of those books that I would suggest parents read with their children so if they have any questions, you can answer them, Also good for discussion.
Not everyone's cup of tea, but a good heart-felt story. Well researched and delicately handled. Kudos to the writer for handling such a sensitive subject.
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