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A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

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.

What if the football hadn’t gone over the wall. On the other side of the wall there is a dark secret. And the devil. And the Moon Man. And the Motherland doesn’t want anyone to know. But Standish Treadwell — who has different-colored eyes, who can’t read, can’t write, Standish Treadwell isn’t bright — sees things differently than the rest of the "train-track thinkers." So when Standish and his only friend and neighbor, Hector, make their way to the other side of the wall, they see what the Motherland has been hiding. And it’s big...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.

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"Just when it seems that there's nothing new under the dystopian sun, Gardner (The Red Necklace) produces an original and unforgettable novel about a boy in a totalitarian society who risks everything in the name of friendship. Standish Treadwell narrates in short, fast-paced chapters, illustrated by theatrical designer/director Crouch with flipbook-style images of rats, flies, and maggots: creatures that represent the oppressive forces at work in the Motherland, a brutish government intent on being first to the moon, at whatever cost to its citizens. Fifteen-year-old Standish is dyslexic (as is the author), making him a target of bullies, which is the least of his problems. He lives with his resourceful grandfather in Zone Seven, but the Motherland has taken away his parents, as well as his best friend, Hector. The loss of his parents has created a hole Standish cannot fill; the disappearance of Hector leaves Standish unprotected at school and bereft of a friend who saw past Standish's disability to recognize his intelligence. 'I believe the best thing we have is our imagination,' Standish recalls Hector telling him, 'and you have that in bucketloads.' Though Standish's grandfather keeps the boy purposefully in the dark about many things, Standish figures out one of the government's big secrets on his own, and he concocts a brave and personally risky plan to reveal it. Parts of the story are very hard to read — early on, a classmate is beaten to death by a teacher in the schoolyard — but the violence asks readers to consider what the world would be like if certain events in history had turned out differently. 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. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Catherine Clarke, Felicity Bryan Associates." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Sally Gardner is an award-winning author whose novels have sold more than 1.5 million copies in the U.K. and have been translated into twenty-two languages. She is dyslexic and is an avid spokesperson for dyslexia. "I strongly believe that dyslexia is like a Rubiks 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.

Julian Crouch is a director and designer whose career has spanned theater, opera, film, and television. He is currently designing Big Fish for Broadway and Cinderella for the Dutch National Ballet. Julian Crouch lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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JoeyT, November 27, 2013 (view all comments by JoeyT)
I picked this book up in London when I was milling around looking for something to read when one of the workers pointed this one out. I have the bad habit of judging a book by its cover and I immediately thought it looked weird and not at all what I would like. But after some convincing and seeing it was one of the staff's favorites, I decided to give it a shot. I am so glad I did. This is undeniably one of my favorite books. With outstanding writing and well-rounded characters, this amazing read will leave you crying and wondering what just happened. Set in a harsh dystopian future, Standish, a dyslexic, intelligent teen lives with his secretive grandfather after the cruel and controlling government plucked his parents right out of the night. After the disappearance of his newfound friend Hector who protects Standish from the unrelenting bullies, Standish sets out to find Hector and get down to the bottom of the government's cruel scam that only a handful know about.
This book will leave you heartbroken and speechless only because of the beautiful writing and the characters that come alive and touch your heart. Standish is such a unique, compelling character that there is no doubt that you will root for and love him. His friend Hector is equally lovable and compelling and his relationship to Standish is something beautiful and spell bounding.
The actual plot of this book isn't obvious at first, it's actually quite confusing like a puzzle when first started, but as the story goes on, the puzzle fills itself in and you can see the whole picture clearly. I'm happy to say that every loose end left in the beginning is tied up by the end of this story. I must warn you that you may stay up in the late hours of the night to finish this read and stay up even longer after finishing it to process everything that has happened. And even after that, the characters along with the beautiful story will forever stay in your mind. This book is a beautifully spun story that will leave you speechless.
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Beverly B, July 12, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Maggot Moon is a short quick read that is so compelling and scary even reluctant readers will probably read it in one day. Maggot Moon is a dystopian novel that incorporates so much from history that it reads almost as realistic fiction. Young teen Standish lives in a cruel tyrannical state where the government watches everything and listens to every conversation. People frequently disappear in the middle of the night and are never seen again. Standish and his family live in the poorest part of town among others who have little to contribute to the government and families who have been banished from the nicer neighborhoods. When Standish's best friend is taken away, Standish knows that it is because Hector snuck into a forbidden area to do a nice deed for Standish. Hector must have seen something the government is trying to hide. Standish is determined to make amends to Hector by pulling off a stunt that will humiliate the government and reveal a massive scam the government is perpetrating. He knows that he will probably be killed, but he is going to do it anyway. Maggot Moon will probably win just about every award a YA novel can win.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780763665531
Author:
Gardner, Sally
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Author:
Crouch, Julian
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Military and War
Subject:
dyslexia;friendship;dystopia;fiction;young adult;totalitarianism;alternate history;science fiction;ya;dystopian;england;moon landing;teen
Subject:
friendship;dyslexia;dystopia;fiction;young adult;alternate history;science fiction;totalitarianism;ya;england;moon landing;dystopian;survival;teen
Subject:
friendship;dyslexia
Subject:
;dystopia;fiction;young adult;alternate history;science fiction;totalitarianism;ya;england;moon landing;dystopian;survival;teen
Subject:
dyslexia;dystopia;friendship;fiction;alternate history;young adult;science fiction;ya;totalitarianism;england;moon landing;dystopian;survival;teen;courage
Subject:
dystopia;dyslexia;friendship;fiction;young adult;science fiction;totalitarianism;ya;alternate history;england;dystopian;moon landing;courage;teen;survival
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.14 x 5.48 x 1 in 0.86 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Just when it seems that there's nothing new under the dystopian sun, Gardner (The Red Necklace) produces an original and unforgettable novel about a boy in a totalitarian society who risks everything in the name of friendship. Standish Treadwell narrates in short, fast-paced chapters, illustrated by theatrical designer/director Crouch with flipbook-style images of rats, flies, and maggots: creatures that represent the oppressive forces at work in the Motherland, a brutish government intent on being first to the moon, at whatever cost to its citizens. Fifteen-year-old Standish is dyslexic (as is the author), making him a target of bullies, which is the least of his problems. He lives with his resourceful grandfather in Zone Seven, but the Motherland has taken away his parents, as well as his best friend, Hector. The loss of his parents has created a hole Standish cannot fill; the disappearance of Hector leaves Standish unprotected at school and bereft of a friend who saw past Standish's disability to recognize his intelligence. 'I believe the best thing we have is our imagination,' Standish recalls Hector telling him, 'and you have that in bucketloads.' Though Standish's grandfather keeps the boy purposefully in the dark about many things, Standish figures out one of the government's big secrets on his own, and he concocts a brave and personally risky plan to reveal it. Parts of the story are very hard to read — early on, a classmate is beaten to death by a teacher in the schoolyard — but the violence asks readers to consider what the world would be like if certain events in history had turned out differently. 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. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Catherine Clarke, Felicity Bryan Associates." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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