Kick the Moon

Kick the Moon

Children's, Teenage & Young Adult
Paperback Published on: 24/01/2019
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Kick the Moon
A story of hope, change and self-belief
I received a review copy of this from the publisher - all views are my own. This book tackles some difficult and important subjects - racism, revenge porn... READ MORE
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A powerful, compelling novel from the critically-acclaimed author of the Branford Boase-winning I Am Thunder, about making friends, and breaking them too.

Fifteen-year-old Ilyas is under pressure from everyone: GCSE's are looming and his teachers just won't let up, his dad wants him to join the family business and his mates don't care about any of it. There's no space in Ilyas' life to just be a teenager.

Serving detention one day, Ilyas finds a kindred spirit in Kelly Matthews, who is fed up with being pigeonholed as the good girl, and their friendship blows the social strata of high school wide open. But when Kelly catches the eye of one of the local bad boys, Imran, he decides to seduce her for a bet – and Ilyas is faced with losing the only person who understands him. Standing up to Imran puts Ilyas' family at risk, but it's time for him to be the superhero he draws in his comic-books, and go kick the moon.

Kick the Moon, is Muhammad Khan's explosive second novel, with original comic-book art from Amrit Birdi, bestselling illustrator of Username:Evie.

'Funny, angry, powerful' Patrice Lawrence, award-winning author of OrangeBoy

'A powerful novel that encapsulates the experiences of teenage boys with wit and heroism' Nikesh Shukla, author of Run Riot

'[Written] with humour and empathy' Independent

'[An] ambitious, wryly funny, optimistic-against-the-odds novel' Times Literary Supplement

'Khan's gift for authentic characters and believable dialogue makes his writing sing' Bookseller

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781509874071
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 217g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 18 mm

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thatboycanteach review
What other books might centre on as main themes, this book sidelines, making them the very fabric that the story is woven from: growing up, racism, sexism,... READ MORE
Aidan Severs
Kick the Moon
A brilliant book that deserves all the awards!
My book of the year! It is rare to find a book with such authentic characterisation and dialogue. Kick the Moon is a rip-roaring yarn, introducing us to it... READ MORE
Clarissa Ford
Kick the Moon
A powerful, gripping read!!!
I loved Khan’s first YA novel, I Am Thunder, and was wondering how his second novel would compare. I am delighted to say that it is an excellent book with ... READ MORE
Devon Cox