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Maggot Moon

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Description

A starkly original and heartbreaking tale of friendship and rebellion.

50% Friendship, 20% Dangerous, 20% Rebellion, 10% Conspiracy

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.

“Dazzling, chilling, breathtaking.  MAGGOT MOON is, quite simply, a perfect book.” Meg Rosoff, author of HOW I LIVE NOW

“This novel will just blow you away.” Emma, bookseller

From Publishers Weekly

17 December 2012 – Just when it seems that there’s nothing new under the dystopian sun, Gardner (The Red Necklace) produces an original and unforgettable novel about a boy in a totalitarian society who risks everything in the name of friendship. Standish Treadwell narrates in short, fast-paced chapters, illustrated by theatrical designer/director Crouch with flipbook-style images of rats, flies, and maggots: creatures that represent the oppressive forces at work in the Motherland, a brutish government intent on being first to the moon, at whatever cost to its citizens. Fifteen-year-old Standish is dyslexic (as is the author), making him a target of bullies, which is the least of his problems. He lives with his resourceful grandfather in Zone Seven, but the Motherland has taken away his parents, as well as his best friend, Hector. The loss of his parents has created a hole Standish cannot fill; the disappearance of Hector leaves Standish unprotected at school and bereft of a friend who saw past Standish’s disability to recognize his intelligence. “I believe the best thing we have is our imagination,” Standish recalls Hector telling him, “and you have that in bucketloads.” Though Standish’s grandfather keeps the boy purposefully in the dark about many things, Standish figures out one of the government’s big secrets on his own, and he concocts a brave and personally risky plan to reveal it. Parts of the story are very hard to read—early on, a classmate is beaten to death by a teacher in the schoolyard—but the violence asks readers to consider what the world would be like if certain events in history had turned out differently. Gardner does a masterful job of portraying Standish’s dyslexia through the linguistic swerves of his narration, and although the ending is pure heartbreak, she leaves readers with a hopeful message about the power of one boy to stand up to evil. Ages 12–up.

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Customer Reviews

Maggot Moon

1959. In a world where "The Motherland" is established and in an apparent standoff with the "Land of Croca Cola's" it is left to two families to foil an attempt at a hoax moon-landing.

A gripping story, a tale that will never go in a straight line. Think you know what's gonna happen next? Think again.

This is not your standard Nazi novel, this is a work of art. It gives not ago much a scary, but more intriguing perspective on what may have happened if the Nazi empire was not crushed. It is a true perspective from a citizen, what the continuing holocaust would have seemed like.

From a boy of the "impure", battling to get the truth out.

Maggot Moon
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  • £4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction
  • Published: 30 August 2012
  • Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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