Maggot Moon

Maggot Moon

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Narrated against the backdrop of a ruthless regime determined to beat its enemies in the race to the moon, MAGGOT MOON is the astonishing 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.
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Product details

  • 11+
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 224g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black and white throughout
  • 1471400441
  • 9781471400445
  • 62,778

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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 * A novel for the square pegs, and for those who try to make them fit. Readers need to come to this book armed with imagination - which is kind of the point. It's part-fable, part-dystopian, and wholly brilliant * Big Issue Scotland *
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About Sally Gardner

At a young age, Sally Gardner was branded 'unteachable' and was sent to various schools, until she was eventually diagnosed at the age of twelve as being severely dyslexic. Sally is now an avid spokesperson for dyslexia; she sees it as a gift, not a disability, and is passionately trying to change how dyslexics are perceived by society. Her first full-length novel, I, CORIANDER, won the Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award in 2005. THE RED NECKLACE was shortlisted for the Guardian Book Prize in 2007. Her most recent book, THE DOUBLE SHADOW, has been hailed as 'an astonishing departure for a writer who has found a new and very distinctive voice'. Follow Sally at or on Twitter: @TheSallyGardner
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8,703 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
5 30% (2,616)
4 36% (3,108)
3 23% (2,015)
2 8% (670)
1 3% (294)
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