Sally Gardner tells a story that is rich in drama and ideas as Standish Treadwell, an unlikely hero, takes on the vicious forces of the repressive motherland in a novel set in a bleak world that is redeemed only by the very human qualities of some of the survivors. Standish and his remarkable grandfather keep going, eking out a living after the disappearance of Standish’s parents. Standish struggles at school and is the victim of relentless bullying. But then he finds a friend in the newly arrived Hector. When Hector is taken, the only hope lies in Standish…Luckily, Standish has just the qualities that are needed.
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Author Sally Gardner says, “Maggot Moon is the book I always wanted to write and Hot Key Books is the perfect home for it.”
Sarah Odedina of publisher Hot Key Books adds: “Sally is a writer of great and unique originality. In Maggot Moon she has created a brilliant, nerve-wracking and utterly gripping fable that will hold readers spellbound. Standish is a fabulous character and his purpose and adventure will resonate with readers of all ages. It is a novel that will be read, talked about and admired well into the future.”
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Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
The story of the power of a friendship between two boys.
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. The 'Motherland' is determined to prove its supremacy in the world with the first moon landing. But Hector and Standish know that the truth is there to be told. If they can find the courage to tell it.
In August 2012 Lovereading asked our teen members and browsers whether they would like to review this title ahead of publication. We had lots of requests to do so and a number of lucky readers were selected and were sent a copy. Below you can find out what they thought:
'Maggot Moon is definitely the best book I have read this year. It is thought-provoking, a quality that is very rare in popular teen-fiction, and very entertaining, although on a more distressing level. I absolutely loved it and cannot commend it more highly. Absolutely superb!'Fabbiha Choudhury - Click here to read the full review.
'Maggot moon is told in a fantastic way: making you put yourself in Standish’s shoes, making you feel eerie...I would recommend this to people who like danger, mystery and friendship through all odds.' Izzy Read - Click here to read the full review.
'It caused me to question things that I take for granted, and think about things that I’d never thought of before. I feared, cried, hoped, and most of all, dreamed alongside Standish until the end. It haunted me for long after I put the book down. An unforgettable read.' Alice D'Angelo - Click here to read the full review.
'I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoyed the Hunger Games minus the romance, as this book has the same ingredients (loyalty, rebellion and friendship) without the love story of a male and a female, but the love story of a blossoming friendship between Standish and best friend Hector, which makes for a beautiful story and a fascinating read.' Hannah Glenton - Click here to read the full review.
'The short chapters, designed to appeal to dyslexic readers, give the story a punchy feel and makes its impact all the more powerful. At times it is heart-breaking, painful to read...but ultimately it is a raw and real tale of friendship, courage and hope.' Jenny Duffy - Click here to read the full review.
'This book is not for the lily-livered and faint-hearted...although short, it is definitely a thought-provoking book. Dystopian-lovers will like it!' Khadijah Ahmed - Click here to read the full review.
'I loved Maggot Moon, I had a feeling I would because I love a good conspiracy theory but blend conspiracy with friendship, family and a lovable 15 year old boy who can’t even read or write and you get an amazing story.'Raimy Greenland blog readaraptor.co.uk - click here to read the full review.
'At the beginning of the book I must admit that I found Standish quite hard to understand at first and felt that his character was complicated; as I continued to read I soon realised that his relationship with Hector is a very deep one which progresses throughout the text.'Jhaneel - Click here to read the full review.
“A writer who has found a new and very distinctive voice. I can’t wait to see what she will do next”. - Mary Hoffman on The Double Shadow
'Dazzling, chilling, breathtaking. MAGGOT MOON is, quite simply, a perfect book. ' - Meg Rosoff, award-winning author of HOW I LIVE NOW
'This novel will just blow you away...Such a beautiful read...this certainly has the potential to become a modern classic. It is wonderful to read such a moving, original book intended for the teenage market.' - The Bookseller
About the Author
Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than one million copies in the UK.
Her historical novel for older readers, I, Coriander, won the Smarties Children's Book Prize in 2005. Two thrillers both set at the time of the French Revolution, The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 2009, followed. Actor Dominic West ('The Wire') has bought the film rights to both titles.
Sally Gardner's stories for middle readers include Lucy Willow and the popular Magical Children series of six titles The Strongest Girl in the World, The Invisible Boy, The Boy with Magic Numbers, The Smallest Girl in the World, The Boy with the Lightning Feet, and The Boy who Could Fly, which are also available as audio books.
She has also written and illustrated picture books including The Fairy Catalogue, The Glass Heart, The Book of Princesses and Playtime Rhymes.
The Double Shadow is published in November 2011.
Sally Gardner continues to be an avid spokesperson for Dyslexia, working to change the way it is perceived by society. She is dyslexic and argues that it's not a disability, but a gift.
If you'd love to know more about Sally, click here to download a more detailed biography and Q&A.
To see a video of Sally talking about her book Fairy Shopping - CLICK HERE
Or watch a video of her talking about The Silver Blade:
J.R.R. Tolkien looked up from pile of student exam papers he was marking, gazed out the window and then after a time wrote down the first line of the book that would bring him fame: "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." Read The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien