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Maggot Moon

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  3,273 ratings  ·  758 reviews
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 Tr
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Candlewick (first published August 30th 2012)
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Stacey (prettybooks)
Imagine living in an alternative universe, but one eerily similar to Nazi Germany. Is this historical fantasy? Historical science fiction? It's like nothing I've read before, but that's the thrill of it. Standish Treadwell and his grandfather – Gramps – live in Zone Seven, where outcasts and political anarchists are sent. They have nothing except some scraps of food to get them through the winter and contraband television. We all know about Nazi Germany. But do the citizens in Maggot Moon fare t ...more

Sin palabras me quedé cuando terminé de leer este libro. Tengo que reconocer que pensaba que todos exagerabais un poco al hablar de él, pero ha sido una gran sorpresa. Y muy grata, he de decir también. Porque Las tres caras de la Luna se ha convertido ya en uno de mis libros favoritos.
Con una narración inocente y desgarradora, nos transmite un mensaje muy importante. La carga emotiva y la carga reflexiva son palpables en cada una de las páginas. La narración es deliciosa, directa y clara. Los
Introduced in 1939, The Carnegie Medal is perhaps the most prestigious of children’s/YA book awards, with any winner (or even shortlisted title) gaining a bank account buckling sales boost. The latest winner (2013) is Maggot Moon by Sally Gardener, a dystopian fable which follows dyslexic protagonist, Standish Tredwell.

Standish lives in a kind of alternate realty in which the ‘Motherland’ has taken control of 1950’s England. Surveillance, disappearances and capital punishment are the daily norm,
¿Por qué no existirá la opción de las seis estrellas en Goodreads?

Curioso empezar una "reseña" diciendo que no tengo palabras para describir este libro cuando, lo que se supone que debo hacer a continuación -e intentaré hacer, claro está- es hablar sobre él... pero así es: Las tres caras de la luna ha conseguido dejarme sin palabras y con una mezcla de sentimientos tan grande que incluso horas después de haber terminado su lectura, me sigue aplastando.

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Sally Whitehead
Quite simply, I did not GET this book. I don't get the hype and rave reviews it has received, but more significantly I don't get WHO it was written for or what it's trying to say or achieve.

I was expecting it to be a good crossover text, written for young adults, but very much easily enjoyed and appreciated by adult readers alike. Not so. If this was written for young adults, it's WAY off the mark in my opinion. I teach teenagers - I WANT books to be written for them which will challenge them an
What an amazing read! I re-read this as soon as I'd finished it - first time I've ever done that. This is like reading '1984' narrated by Christopher from 'The Curious Incident...' It is set in a 1956 in which the Nazis won the war (this is not explicitly stated, but the clues are there, I think) and Standish and his grandfather live in Zone Seven - where the 'impure' are sent. Standish is dyslexic (maybe, again never stated explicitly) and it is his use of language that makes this such an incre ...more
Φανταστείτε πως ζείτε σε ένα εναλλακτικό σύμπαν. Ένα παράξενα παρόμοιο με τη ναζιστική Γερμανία , εναλλακτικό σύμπαν . Είναι αυτό το βιβλίο μια παράδοξη ιστορία επιστημονικής φαντασίας ; Ότι και να είναι, δεν μοιάζει με τίποτα από όλα όσα έχω διαβάσει στο παρελθόν, όμως αυτή είναι η μαγεία του όλου θέματος.

Όλοι σε γενικές γραμμές γνωρίζουμε για τη Γερμανία την περίοδο του Ναζισμού. Όμως οι πολίτες του Σάπιου Φεγγαριού βιώνουν τα ίδια ;Κάτι που πρέπει να απαντήσετε μόνοι.

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Michelle (tinyturtle88)

While I liked the book, it underwhelmed me. I didn't become invested in any of the characters. I had a hard time connecting to them, Standish and his friends are supposed to be 15 years old, but the entire story read like he was 10 years old, not to mention the cover. There were words like 'hell' and 'shi*' and even an 'f' bomb or two that would indicate that it was perhaps an older teen read but the story and characters didn't read that way.

I also felt as if it were anti-climactic. While Sa
I'd heard good things about Maggot Moon, Sally Gardner's 'what if' dystopian fable set in an alternative 1950s Britain under a totalitarian regime. So many good things, in fact, that I saved it for the last of my Carnegie reading, concerned a book described as 'perfect' by none other than Meg Rosoff could not possibly live up to its hype. Reader, it did. I devoured it quickly, over a couple of days which also involved the usual distractions from reading (work, children) and now I want to read it ...more
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Maggot Moon won this year’s Costa Coffee Children’s book Award and is probably the one to beat when it comes to Carnegie. Incredibly original Maggot Moon tells the story of Standish Treadwell, a dyslexic boy, who struggles to read and write, and therefore everybody has decided that he is stupid. The book is set in a dystopian world, but in this case a historical one. The book has the feel of 1950’s Britain, but one that is a totalitarian state of the likes of
Our narrator, the wonderfully named Standish Treadwell, is left bereft when his best friend Hector mysteriously disappears, probably taken by the tyrannical goons of the Motherland – a totalitarian regime where dyslexics like Standish are held in scant regard. The Motherland is intent on winning the space race, getting to the moon first without caring who gets hurts in the process. However, what if it was all one big ploy, designed to keep people in their place? What if someone like Standish, so ...more
I don't quite know how to describe why I loved this book so much. It's a very simple story when you look back on it (which I've been doing a lot of since I read it) but it takes a while to get your bearings while you're reading it. There's also a slight feeling of Daniel Pinkwater, like if Baconburg was taken over by the SS, and I adore Daniel Pinkwater. And the ending! The ending was exactly right.
I've never read anything by Sally Gardner before, but her writing is so tightly crafted, so assur
Luis Suarez
Un libro del genero de Distopia grandioso que se lee muy rapido, ya que es bastante corto, pero conciso con es estilo de narracion bastante directo, pero contando lo necesario. Describe muy bien el regimen totalitario en que se basan los sucesos, en que quieren dar esa imagen al mundo todo es hermoso en ese pais pero lo que sucede en realidad es atroz, como en el caso de Corea del Norte. Se podria decir que es un pais llamado Patria como la Alemania Nazi, en que existe el estereotipo de la purez ...more
Karly *The Vampire Ninja*
I really wanted to like this novel, and truthfully it wasn't all bad. It just wasn't good either. I would rate this a 2.5 if it were possible.

I would have liked a bit more character depth and a few less swear words. If this is supposed to be a child's novel is it really okay to say fuck? (most of the time it's fricking and fracking but there is some liberal swearing towards the end). Am I being finicky, is there this much swearing - or elluded swearing - in all children's novels now?

I really enj
This book has insane ratings and I was intrigued. So I picked up the book yesterday. And finished it on the same day.

The Story:

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.

Friendship and trust inspire Standish to rise up against an oppressive regime and expose the truth about a planned moon landing in this original and sp
So okay, I had no idea what Maggot Moon was about before I started reading it. I just knew people liked it a lot. So as I was reading I kept wondering how much of it was based on real history. I mean, it certainly sounds like Standish is living in a Soviet occupied country. But I was reading it in the middle of the woods on a mountain with no data service for miles, so I just had to finish the book instead. And while it becomes apparent that the Motherland is not exactly the Soviet Union (the pr ...more
OMG, put Sally Gardner on my list of favorite authors. I believe she lives in London--otherwise I would recommend this for a 2014 Printz. The little illustrations were seriously disturbing, as was the Nazi-ish society in her book. Excellent writing, great protagonist. (ARC)

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“I’m wondering what if…the football hadn’t gone over the wall.”

Fifteen-year-old Standish Treadwell lives in the Motherland, a dystopian soci
May 01, 2013 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: carnegie 2013
Written in the first person, Standish Treadwell reveals his life in a totalitarian state. Unable to read and write and desperate to escape from school brutality and a life of deprivation, he spends much of his time in a fantasy world. When his friend Hector disappears and Standish becomes a focus for the military police, he decides it's time to make a stand.

This is a great introduction to the dystopian genre for younger teenagers. The written style is very sparse; in terms of reading age this wo

Es un hecho: cualquier libro publicado bajo el sello de Nube de Tinta nos despedaza el corazón. ¿Por qué? ¿Tienen la fórmula del éxito? ¿El secreto de la coca-cola? ¿Nos tiene comprados? La respuesta es sencilla: publican libros que tienen fuerza, carácter, que van más allá de un simple drama, que atrapan y seducen al lector con realidades duras, reales y conmovedoras. Que te azotan el corazón como si fuera un saco de boxeo. Os lo digo en serio, si váis a
Wow! This grabs you by the collar and pulls you up short and close, whether you like it or not. Standish Treadwell is a dyslexic timid boy with only Hector for a friend and he has disappeared. His world of school and bully boys and headmasters imitates ours to begin with, but soon we realise there is a much darker side. His parents are gone too, there are brick walls and filled-in wells. He lives with Gramps in a street that used to contain "un-bombed houses". The clever words of Standish drip-f ...more
LH Johnson
There's a difficulty for me in reviewing this, and one that I hope to address through the act of reviewing. I admit that's a fairly Moebius-esque sentence but I hope that it becomes clearer the further I go on.

Gardner's superb. Her writing here is very beautiful, very stunning and occasionally cut from the clearest of glass which shines a little more every time you look at it. But, when I reflect on it, and when that reflection takes days to formulate clearly, I think I realise something. I real
Eric Louchart
This book is good for people who like read random books. I listened to it on a audio file and the boy kept on swearing. I don't know what it was doing in the library but it was in there. His life is like the book i read for French a depressed kid who doesn't know how to read or write I am sorry for the people that enjoy this book but i can't say i like it.
Okay-confusion, a touch of boredom, over complicated and needlessly brutal and just by the fact that the chapters were so short did it keep me reading. I know this has had ultimate acclaim online but i honestly don't see what all the fuss is about. The plot is disjointed and a bit pointless. The fact that the "made-up" swears turn into full blown swears towards the end really frustrated me because it has now lost half it's readership just by doing that. There is not a chance i will be letting an ...more
Joshua Yoon
Quite an odd book...but a very good one. Let's start with the style of writing; probably one of the strangest and most abstract out of all the ones I've read. The story is told from a somewhat oblivious yet not oblivious perspective. Then there's the setting. Because of the narration, you don't really know right at the start where this is, or even when it is. But as the story progresses, you start to get a general feel of what's going on in this dystopian tale. If you look at my rating, you can ...more
I'm giving this four stars for now, but I may switch it to 5 later. I will be thinking about this one for a while and may reread it. I am eager to give it to my students to see what their reaction is. I have a teen BBYA book club meeting tomorrow and I'll be booktalking this one.

I've tagged it as sci-fic and historical fic. It really is dystopian alternative history to be more accurate. The spare writing, the interesting voice of Standish, the dyslexic main character, the abundant white space a
Lorena Mozo-Vega (Pink Hummingbird)
Simplemente delicioso, perfecto, maravilloso, y podría dedicarle muchos más adjetivos, pero no creo que captaran la belleza de esta historia.

Las tres caras de la luna está na­rrada desde el punto de vista de nuestro entrañable protagonista, Standish, con el que no tardarás en empatizar, aunque al principio la autora nos haga creer que se trata de un niño de ocho años, y no de quince. Los personajes que acompañan al héroe de esta historia en su hazaña so­lamente están perfilados, algo que no es
You definitely forget that the kids in this story are supposed to be as old as we're told bc of their lingo, mention of the playground at school, etc. Part of me thinks maybe the writer did so intentionally to illustrate a different kind of "kid" that would have been the product of this futuristic past. Who knows. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The bad guys were truly despicable. The main character is such a delightful oddity. The story moves quickly & kept me wrapped up til the end. The en ...more
Honestly, I'd give it 4.5 stars. But because we can't do half stars, I figured I'd round up.

I should have reviewed this book immediately after I read it. Now I’m a few weeks behind on reviews, and it’s always harder to write a book when it’s not fresh in your mind!

That being said, I loved Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, and I won’t forget the feeling I had after having read it. Fresh off the heels of my negative reaction to Midwinterblood, I couldn’t help but think “Now THIS is what a Printz award
Erin Sterling
4.5 stars. While it is dystopian, or perhaps more appropriately, an alternative history in a 1950s?/60s? dystopian Britain, it is not your typical teen dystopian novel and would make an excellent book club book. The story of a fake moon landing being used as propoganda and a teenager who has the power to reveal it to the world. I had no idea what the time period was or what was going on at first, but in a good way. The ending was superb. Would make a really great school read for teens to discuss ...more
Charlotte Jones
I went into this not knowing anything about it other than it is a science-fiction dystopian novel and the illustrations throughout it are really eye-catching and seemed to add a lot to the story.

The writing style of this book was a little off-putting at first because it is written in first-person narration from Standish's point of view and since he isn't very educated when it comes to reading and writing, sometimes his sentences seemed a bit mixed up but I soon got used to it and really enjoyed
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Sally Gardner grew up and still lives in London. Being dyslexic, she did not learn to read or write until she was fourteen and had been thrown out of several schools, labeled unteachable, and sent to a school for maladjusted children. Despite this, she gained a degree with highest honors at a leading London art college, followed by a scholarship to a theater school, and then went on to become a ve ...more
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“You see, the what ifs are as boundless as the stars.” 49 likes
“It had struck me that the world was full of holes, holes which you could fall into, never to be seen again. I couldn't understand the difference between disappearance and death. Both seemed the same to me, both left holes. Holes in your heart holes in your life.” 15 likes
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