In Sally Gardner’s stunning novel, set in a ruthless regime, an unlikely teenager risks all to expose the truth about a heralded moon landing. One hundred very short chapters, told in an utterly original first-person voice, propel readers through a narrative that is by turns gripping and darkly humorous, bleak and chilling, tender and transporting. Paperback edition includes bonus Questions to Consider.
Sally Gardner is an award-winning author. As a student, she was branded “un-teachable” and expelled from various schools, until she was eventually diagnosed at the age of twelve as being severely dyslexic. She is now an avid spokesperson for dyslexia. “Dyslexia is like a Rubik’s Cube,” she says. “It takes time to work out how to deal with it, but once you do, it can be the most wonderful gift.” Sally Gardner lives in London.
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This novel will just blow you away...Such a beautiful read...this certainly has the potential to become a modern classic. —The Bookseller (U.K.)
Startlingly original, sophisticated and moving, MAGGOT MOON is out of this world. —The Sunday Times (U.K)
Dazzling, chilling, breathtaking. A perfect book. —Meg Rosoff
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 —Publishers Weekly
This is alt-history second; first, it is an eerie, commanding drama. —Booklist
Sally Gardner tells a story that is rich in drama and ideas. —LoveReading4Kids.co.uk
Maggot Moon 4 out of 5based on
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A perfect tale of bravery and friendship. You will love this book.
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Written in Standish Treadwell's perspective, Maggot Moon, written by Sally Gardner, shows a wonderfully exciting story on a distopian era. Similar to the author, Standish is dyslexic. Regardless of his learning disadvantage, he was a hero. He lived in zone 7 with his
grand father and the area was a place where violence and depression was common. The book was in much like a 'Nazi-Germany-ish' type of setting. In school, Standish was beat and bullied by his teachers and classmates but escaped the bullying thanks to Hector, a friend who understood him.
Wanting to escape the cruel and harsh world he lives in, Standish and Hector imagine a more calm and enjoyable place where they can drink 'croca-cola' and ride in their sky blue colored Cadillac.
Maggot Moon, A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book is written in one hundred exciting, short chapters. The story definitely shows the difference between reality and what is being shown. It brings spirit to the readers by its 'David and Goliath' type of story. The book is a quite simple yet very fascinating. Because some parts of the book contains strong language, I suggest this book to young adults, not so much on the "pre-teen young".
Sally Gardner, a London resident, with dyslexia, is an award winning author who has sold over 1.5 million copies in the U.K. She is a strong supporter of dyslexia. "It takes time to work out how to deal with it, but once you do, it can be the most wonderful gift." I believe that Maggot Moon, showing from Standish's story, shows how even if you have learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, or you are different from others, you still have the capability of accomplishing so much.
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