When their father dies,  two streetwise orphans,  Bob and his sister Marie Claire (or the Rat, as he likes to call her),  leave their hometown of Winnipeg and go in search for their Uncle Jerome in New York, having no idea where he lives and no one to accompany them around the huge city.

Luckily for them, the Rat’s straightforward, dramatic and ruthless nature earns them lots of friends and keeps away potential enemies as they make their way around the city,  sleeping in parks, running from strange men and showering in local swimming pools.

Even when it seems that nothing could be more dangerous than being unprotected on the streets on New York, something always happens to make you think otherwise. The Rat’s scary fits and visions make them even more vunerable. It seems like they are magnets for trouble!

I loved this book because it’s real life- very different from the fantasy, vampire or dystopian worlds which is what a lot of people concentrate on now. It’s gritty, edgy and every sentence is unexpected. The description is so vivid that you can visualise everything that happens. It’s also dark, mysterious and often scary.

If you’re the kind of person who likes to go for books which are out of the box, or even if you’re not, I suggest you read this book. After I had finished it, I realised it had changed my view of life.

Genre: Realistic / road story

Estimated reading age: Eleven +

Price on Amazon: Paperback £5.19, £4.27 for Kindle edition.

Author: Gregory Hughes

Main characters: The Rat (Marie Clare), Bob, Ice, Joey, Tommy

Rating: ★★★★★ A beautiful moving story of a road trip and two children who will stay in your head forever.