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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"In a story that's simultaneously lighthearted and unsettling, Mason (the Quigleys series) successfully depicts the tumultuous mix of love, anger, disappointment, and confusion that a parent's alcoholism brings to a family. 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 reassuring father. Not until a new friend points out the obvious — her father is a drunk — does she understand his baffling behavior. Martha's struggles to wean her father off alcohol, keep her grandparents from calling Social Services, and help her five-year-old brother, Tug, feel safe are credibly and movingly rendered. Secondary characters are satisfyingly drawn: always ravenous Tug; their stern but well-meaning grandparents; and, especially, Martha's best friend, theatrical, cross-dressing Marcus. Martha's free time is spent sewing costumes for Marcus and aiding him in his filmmaking ventures; her eventual turn to acting herself, though hinted at earlier in the book, is somewhat surprising, but makes for a rewarding finale. Ages 9 — 13. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385752350
Author:
Mason, Simon
Publisher:
David Fickling Books
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Family - General
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 8
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5.42 x 1.15 in 0.8 lb
Age Level:
from 9 up to 13

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Children's » General
Children's » Middle Readers » General
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse

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Product details 336 pages David Fickling Books - English 9780385752350 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In a story that's simultaneously lighthearted and unsettling, Mason (the Quigleys series) successfully depicts the tumultuous mix of love, anger, disappointment, and confusion that a parent's alcoholism brings to a family. 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 reassuring father. Not until a new friend points out the obvious — her father is a drunk — does she understand his baffling behavior. Martha's struggles to wean her father off alcohol, keep her grandparents from calling Social Services, and help her five-year-old brother, Tug, feel safe are credibly and movingly rendered. Secondary characters are satisfyingly drawn: always ravenous Tug; their stern but well-meaning grandparents; and, especially, Martha's best friend, theatrical, cross-dressing Marcus. Martha's free time is spent sewing costumes for Marcus and aiding him in his filmmaking ventures; her eventual turn to acting herself, though hinted at earlier in the book, is somewhat surprising, but makes for a rewarding finale. Ages 9 — 13. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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