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Maggot Moon [Hardcover]

Sally Gardner
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30 Aug 2012
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. It is impossible not to be moved by MAGGOT MOON's utterly original, powerful story and the unforgettable heroism of Standish.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hot Key Books (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471400042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471400049
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This is the first book I have read in 2013, and boy has it raised the bar for whatever else I read this year. I think the blurb tells you pretty much all you need to know, so I won't summarise any further - it's one of those occasions where you want to tell people `I won't give too much away - just read it!'.
It's written in deceptively simple prose and in that sense, it's easy to read. I rattled through it because I wanted to find out what happened to Standish and Hector. But at some point I am going to have to go back and reread it to truly appreciate the fine craftsmanship of the writing. On another level, it doesn't make for easy reading because of the truly awful things going on in the Motherland - particularly when you realise with unease that similar things have indeed happened in human history. And are happening still. Sally Gardner is known for her `unique blend of magic and historical realism', and in this case there is the inkling that you might be reading a re-imagined history. It's all the more powerful because the world doesn't feel like some distant dystopia - it all seems very close to home. You really get a sense of the precariousness of the characters' situation, and though they are two very different books, I would compare the emotional response I got from reading Maggot Moon to what I experienced when I read Markus Zusak's The Book Thief. It's both heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful, because it illustrates the eternal presence of friendship, courage and hope in even the most dire of circumstances.
I instantly warmed to the narrator, Standish Treadwill, and his voice is one of those that echoes in your mind long after the story ends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking 3 May 2013
An odd little book that really left me thinking. Standish is a great narrator with lovely, quirky ways of describing things and telling his story. Regarding other reviewers' comments about violence and language - there is violence, but it isn't graphic - it's told the way it is without sensationalism. Nor is it done without reason - it gives a better understanding of the State they're living under. (And the perpetrator is punished). The language too is used for purpose, not for shock value. I don't know what the recommended age is for this, but would have no problem letting my 12 year old read it - in fact, I will encourage it - it's a thought-provoking, clever, and refreshingly different read. While the ending isn't what I wanted to happen (don't want to give anything away!), I'm glad the author chose it - it was right for the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Teacher
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This is an interesting book, aimed at teenagers but I would advise parents to read it with their children. This is because there are so many historical references that a child would not necessarily pick up on. As an adult it was blindingly obvious what Gardner was referencing. Young people will enjoy this story as it has a compelling narrative and strong 1st person narrator. However to gain the most it does need to have the historical perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 1 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I had very high expectations for this book, not least because of all of the hype and the awards that it's received. But I really did not enjoy it. It felt like the author was trying too hard to make a point, and the narrative and language felt clunky and at times the violence was gratuitous. I really struggled to find the plot engaging. I wanted to like Standish, I really did, but he just fell a bit flat. The illustrations made me feel a bit ill, which didn't help matters. And then the book was so very nearly redeemed by the ending, which could have been beautiful, except for the fact that it doesn't actually work. (SPOILER ALERT: If a country were to go to the trouble of faking a moon landing, why would they be stupid enough to film it live?!). Overall, this book left me feeling very disappointed and slightly nauseous - I wouldn't recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 25 Jun 2013
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A moving and disturbing story. This book will make you look at life from a different perspective. I would recommend it highly to older children but would advise parental guidance to allow for the disposition of the individual child (Although not gratuitous there are several violent and harrowing scenes).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable. 28 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a brilliant book. Completely and absolutely original subject matter, characters and situation. Well written and absolutely unputdownable. Really credible characters to whom one can relate.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing book from Sally Gardner! 1 Nov 2012
By Jan
I really enjoyed Ms Gardner's earlier novels for teenagers, a captivating mixture of historical detail and magical fantasy, but her latest books prove that she cannot be pigeon-holed and her imagination is limitless.

This stunning story takes us to `Zone Seven', a thoroughly unpleasant part of `The Motherland' where Standish Treadwell and his grandfather live in a street of derelict houses. The population is controlled by a brutal regime. This is a place where a boy can be beaten to death by a teacher, just because he laughed; a place where people, like Standish's parents, his friend Hector and his family, just disappear; a place where "the sky fell in long ago". `The Motherland' intends to send a manned rocket to the moon to impress the world, and its own unfortunate inhabitants, with its power and technological superiority. Standish Treadwell, the dimwit who sits at the back of the class daydreaming and is bullied by his teacher as well as the other pupils, is not impressed by this. He may be seen as stupid by everyone else in the school, but he has good reason to know that the moon project is not what it seems.

This chilling, but totally engaging, tale is narrated by Standish himself, a boy who copes with the harshness of his daily life by planning his escape to planet `Juniper' with his friend Hector in the papier-māché space craft he is building at home or the life he and Hector plan to live in the land of Technicolor, Croca-Cola and ice-cream coloured Cadillacs. Not many people would have imagined that Standish would turn out to be the bravest of them all. Make sure you follow the sequence of illustrations (the flies and the rat) that threads its way through the book as a kind of Memento Mori. This is a book you will remember for a long time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been superb
Great, worthy of 4 stars, but left with a flat feeling at the end. Sally Gardner raises so many issues, really fascinating and I was slightly disappointed not to have got closure... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ms H Gundry
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ODD MISH MASH OF FEELINGS
This was a strange book, but nonetheless a very enjoyable read. I did not know it was aimed at a teenage market, but nonetheless I would be happy for my children to read it,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by bibliophile
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant concept
Reading this as part of a BA Hons degree - came in far beyond expectations and found it an outstanding read, great concept and a thought provoking book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ravin Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars It arrived on time but still to read it
I have ordered this for my end of year essay. I am still to read it but it arrived on time and is in good condition
Published 2 months ago by EmmaChops
5.0 out of 5 stars Tyranny up close and personal. Suffering's found a voice.
Like much great art we begin this story confused. It grates at times in the early chapters, it irritates and frustrates but there is poetry here and something deeply, deeply... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew D Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
excellent story.
I read it in one sitting. A story that is fought provoking and stays with you long after you have finished reading
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read for young teenagers
Another thrilling and wonderous book from Sally Gardner aimed at teenagers and above. The themes are original and does not patronise the reader in any way. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Reader-on-the-Exe
1.0 out of 5 stars Eww
Uhh. What do I say? I mean, I totally get why this won he Carnegie Medal, it just shouldn't have. That's all. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Short person (yeah, right)
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational
I really enjoyed Maggot Moon! I was in tears at some points and I was totally absorbed in the book!
I would recommend it to any of 10 years old and above. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ab
5.0 out of 5 stars Studied it for Fiction for Children, loved it.
It was a great read, really interesting look at social issues and segregation, gripping story and has a fantastic protagonist.
Published 5 months ago by Connie Jenkins-Teague
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