A starkly original and heartbreaking tale of friendship and rebellion.
Winner of the Carnegie Medal and a 2012 Costa Award winner. Narrated against the backdrop of a ruthless regime determined to beat its enemies in the race to the moon, Maggot Moon is the stunning new novel from award-winning author Sally Gardner.
When his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, Standish Treadwell realises that it is up to him, his grandfather and a small band of rebels to confront and defeat the ever-present oppressive forces of the Motherland.
Utterly original and stunning, it is impossible not to be moved by Maggot Moon's powerful story and the unforgettable heroism of Standish.
About the Author
Sally Gardner grew up amongst the drama of London’s law courts, as both her parents were lawyers. Having been branded ‘unteachable’ by some and sent to various schools, Sally was eventually diagnosed at the age of twelve as being severely dyslexic. Sally is now an avid spokesperson for dyslexia; she sees it a gift, not a disability, and is passionately trying to change how dyslexics are perceived by society. She has been nominated for this year’s Dyslexia Action Award.
Sally published her first book in 1993, thus beginning her illustrious career as a writer-illustrator to great international acclaim. Sally’s film-noir inspired war saga, The Double Shadow, 2011, saw ‘an astonishing departure for a writer who has found a new and very distinctive voice’ (Sunday Times). Her first novel I, Coriander, won the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award in 2005. Her next novel The Red Necklace was shortlisted for the Guardian Book Prize in 2007 and The Silver Blade followed. Both of these books have been optioned for film by Dominic West (‘The Wire’).
Sally continues to live in London.
Dazzling, chilling, breathtaking. A perfect book. -- Meg Rosoff, award-winning author of HOW I LIVE NOW
The outstanding teenage novel of the autumn, arresting and original and written in a singular voice... -- Lorna Bradbury * The Telegraph *
startlingly original, horribly gripping ... an inspirational [story] which deserves many prizes. -- Amanda Craig * The Times *
This novel is a celebration of the refusal of the human spirit to be crushed and in Standish, Gardner has created a hero to be cherished. -- Sally Morris * Daily Mail *
... a unique and compelling read * The Bookseller (Children's Booksellers' Choice: September) *
Maggot Moon is a fast-paced, tough and heartbreaking story. I loved it * We Love This Book *
... Maggot Moon is an unusual, deeply moving and thought-provoking story, which has clear potential to become a modern classic * Booktrust's 'September book we like' *
... a remarkable novel * Books for Keeps *
This novel will just blow you away -- Emma Louise Pennell * Waterstones Chichester *
a story that is rich in drama and ideas -- Julia Eccleshare * Lovereading4kids *
Quite simply, it is a book you have to read. * Bookbag *
Fans of the dystopia genre and conspiracy theorists alike will be flipping the pages of this gem. The story moves at a gripping pace with clever use of language, providing vivid characterization ad setting, while the unexpected twists in the plot will leave readers stunned * Recommended Reads, Children's Books Ireland *
[Standish's] use of language because of (not despite of) his dyslexia is idiosyncratic poetry, full of fizzing wordplay and deadpan humour. Gardner's novels have always been thought-provoking but she flexes her writing muscles here and Standish is an utterly unique creation, impossible not to love. * The Scotsman *
Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 12+ years old
For Grades: 7+
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st September 2012
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.31