The outstanding teenage novel of the autumn, arresting and original and written in a singular voice, is Sally Gardner's MAGGOT MOON... Narrated by a boy with dyslexia, Standish Tredwell, it takes you inside the workings of his mind...as well as offering up something much darker: a parable about the perils of totalitarianism. Despite its simple language, its a disturbing read, but it also has a hopeful message - that a teenager, especially one with dyslexia, can have agency in the world. --Lorna Bradbury, The Telegraph
Dazzling, chilling, breathtaking. A perfect book. --Meg Rosoff
startlingly original, horribly gripping … an inspirational [story] which deserves many prizes --Amanda Craig, The Times
About the Author
At a young age, Sally Gardner was branded unteachable by some and 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.