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Kick the Moon
Kick the Moon

Kick the Moon


320 Pages, 5.12 x 7.76

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $13.99 (US $13.99)

Publication Date: January 2021

ISBN 9781509874071

Rights: US

Pan Macmillan (Jan 2021)
Macmillan Children's Books

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In the powerful second novel from Muhammad Khan, 15 year old Ilyas learns to throw off the pressures of school, family, friends and enemies

"Who are you supposed to be? Superman ain't no brown boy." 15-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. Muhammad Khan's explosive second novel features two spreads of original comic-book art from Amrit Birdi, illustrator of Username:Evie. 


"A powerful novel that encapsulates the experiences of teenage boys with wit and heroism." —Nikesh Shukla, author, The Good Immigrant

Author Biography

Muhammad Khan is an engineer, a math teacher, and a young adult author. He takes his inspiration from the children he teaches, as well as his own upbringing as a British-born Pakistani. His debut novel I Am Thunder won the Branford Boase First Novel Award, the 2018 Great Reads Award and a number of regional awards. Amrit Birdi is a comic book artist, best known for illustrating Joe Sugg's Username:Evie series.