Maggot Moon, Hardback Book
3 out of 5 (4 ratings)


A starkly original and heartbreaking tale of friendship and rebellionWinner of the Carnegie Medal and a 2012 Costa Award winner.

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.

Utterly original and stunning, it is impossible not to be moved by MAGGOT MOON's powerful story and the unforgettable heroism of Standish.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hot Key Books
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9781471400049

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PLUS - * A really unusual story, dystopian, but set in the past rather than the future. * Wonderful, well written central character. Our narrator, Standish Treadwell is a dyslexic teenager, who finds himself standing up to the tyrannical authorities. He's an unusual hero... thank goodness! * Simply written, short chapters keep the pace trotting along. * It's a tense, exciting and thought provoking look at friendship and family, deciding what you believe in and defending it in extreme circumstances. MINUS - * It's pretty violent, and has some bad language in places. It's only ever in context and entirely relevant to the story but some people might find that an issue. Be aware if you're thinking of buying it for younger children. OVERALL - * Totally original and highly recommended. A fantastic read for anyone ages 13+.

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A book that got better and better as I got further into it, culminating in a strong ending. Quite thought provoking in places.

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Dyslexic, fifteen year-old Standish Treadwill sees the world differently than most people. After his best friend disappears, Standish starts to piece together the secrets beyond the wall regarding a moon landing that the Motherland is hiding and he assembles a plan of opposition. Set in a historical dystopia, this dark story reveals themes of rebellion, opposition, totalitarianism, imagination, and the power of friendship. The plot builds slowly but steadily as the reader discovers, along with the protagonist, just what the big secret is. Small illustrations in an almost flipbook style accompany the text on each page where a new, brief chapter begins. This chapter book is most suitable for a mature, older audience of ages sixteen and older due to the occasional expletive as well as the violent, disturbing, and graphic nature of sections of the text. Despite the resolution at the close of the book, readers may find the ending to be unsatisfying.

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Narrated by Robert Madge. Sometimes I can't get into British books and this is one of them. Might have gotten into it more if I had read it. It's edgy and dark.

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