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Kick the Moon

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Of course, what makes this character-led book so entertaining and brilliant, are the vast cast of great characters.

It's pretty rare to see books nowadays where a boy and girl can just be FRIENDS, and it was a really beautiful friendship that I really rooted for! I think it is so important for every child to see themselves reflected in works of fiction so that they can believe becoming a hero is within their grasp.I had no expectations, I’d never read anything by Muhammad before but when I was offered to read it, there was something about it that I couldn’t say no. To Ilyas’ surprise, the two hit it off and Kelly takes an interest in the comic book superhero character that Ilyas has been working on for years.

Ilyas finds his tribe, but not in a tribalistic sense - he finds those who are positive, supportive and who have the same verve for life that deep down he has always had.

A] stunning follow-up to Khan’s excellent I Am Thunder [that] will cement his reputation as an author who can bring his characters vividly to life and talk intelligently about the pressures facing teens of all backgrounds. Ilyas was a little harder to warm to with it easy to question some of his actions near the beginning of the book but he really grew as a character and I was fully behind him by the end. 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. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here. Kick the Moon, is Muhammad Khan's explosive second novel, with original comic-book art from Amrit Birdi, bestselling illustrator of Username:Evie.

This book is an emotional rollercoaster that will have you gasping one moment, fearing the next and then laughing and crying after that. He's determined to pursue his creative side, to draw and create a comic book that would represent his religion and culture. Sometimes the book can seem a little crowded, as it tries to tackle so many subjects: it takes us a good 100 pages before we meet Kelly properly, and the last third feels rushed. I have always wanted to see a superhero who looked like me and I was so happy to see that in this book! Ilyas is stuck - worried about the implications of trying to disentangle himself, not just for himself, but also unhappily a misfit in the group.Since then it’s become a hub of book recommendations, author interviews, and in 2024 I will be starting my own YA book club. Fifteen-year-old Ilyas Mian wants to be a comic artist, but his traditionally Pakistani macho dad has other plans for him.

I read a few YA books but so far haven't written reviews of them, although I have featured them in a couple of book round-ups and it is true that some of the books I review are also suitable for older audiences than the primary age range I have focused on previously. They learn to hide parts of themselves if it doesn’t match what they are taught about what makes them a “man”.When Ilyas meets kindred spirit, Kelly, who offers to help develop the story, things start to finally go his way. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously.

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