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Maggot Moon

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  6,979 Ratings  ·  1,162 Reviews
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.

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 a
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Candlewick (first published January 1st 2012)
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Margaret The LGBT love story is basically an "oops!" at the end of the story. It's completely trite and unconvincing. Barely built up to throughout the story.…moreThe LGBT love story is basically an "oops!" at the end of the story. It's completely trite and unconvincing. Barely built up to throughout the story. It was obviously injected in simply because it was marketable. The author either (a) has never been in love -or- (b) has no idea about the intricacies of being a gay boy in love, which could easily be solved if she just listened to a fucking Morrissey album.

also the below comment has inaccuracies. nobody says "i love you" it's "kiss me" and it's really stupid. (less)
Ellen Lee It's worth every moment of your time. The end was perfect (and heartbreaking). But that's because Sally Gardner was true to her story.

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Murf the Surf
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This could possibly be my very first review on GRs. I hope that many of you understand my predicament by now: I've been quite caught up in the alternate universe of Amazon. Thus, this is where at least two hundred of my previous reviews are stored. I've found the GR community to be quite forgiving and generous to a fault. I love you all so much for putting up with my non sensical diatribes about not finding the review button on my glow kindle. Mark Monday was one of the first to enlighten me and ...more
This story is as disturbing as it is multi-faceted.

Set in an alternative 1950s past in a dystopian England after World War II, reigned by a totalitarian regime which seems to follow a mixture of Stalinist and Nazi dogma, it tells the story of a young boy called Standish Treadwell.

Starting out as a bleak school boy story, featuring dyslexia and bullying issues, along with teacher abuse and authoritarian methods of teaching, it slowly reveals darker, and more dangerous elements, challenging the r
Saleh MoonWalker
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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
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
Marta Álvarez
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es unos de esos estilos que hacen volar las páginas sin que te des cuenta, y que te describen un estado, una situación, unos sentimientos, una mentalidad, más que una trama en sí. Y aunque precisamente he encontrado algunos «agujeros» en esa trama, no importa demasiado, porque leerlo, escuchar sus palabras en tu cabeza, merece la pena por sí mismo.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Thanks to Goodreads member Ellen Lee for recommending this delightful book. Set in a dystopian past reminiscent of Nazi-era Germany, this story chronicles the slow disintegration of a family by a totalitarian regime.

At first read the tale seemed simplistic, but over the course of the novel I was able to become engrossed in it. The book also features an interesting graphic vignette of other creatures associated with despair such as flies and rats.

Highly recommended for Young Adults.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Sarah (Starry Night Reader)
Omg what.. just what...

This is the strangest book I've ever read but very beautiful. The writing enchanted me. The story was moving and heartbreaking despite its short length. I just loved everything about this book!
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Wulfran David
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me alegra enormemente haber terminado el año con este libro. Sin duda, para mi top 10. Arrollador. Hermoso. Ese final... Estoy sin palabras.
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
Nikoleta Katsiouli
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.

Ο Στάντις Τρέντγουελ και
Sofía Aguerre
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me hizo mierda? Me hizo mierda.
Marco Esteves
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-english
this was such an interesting book..

when I began to read it I though it would be a middle grade book but it wasn't because it has some of Adult and "serious" aspects!

The relationship between Standish and Hector was SO CUTE!!!!

And the art in this book is truly amazing!

A nice read for shore
Esther Langdon
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Madre mía estoy descompuesta con este libro. Qué libro, señores, que libro. En este libro se nos muestra la crueldad de las dictaduras. Y ese final... dios mio necesito saber más.
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Από μικρή διάβαζα και αγαπούσα τον Albert Camus. Φυσικά δε θεωρώ ότι εγώ προσωπικά στα 15 μπορούσα να καταλάβω το νόημα των λόγων του, τη φιλοσοφία αλλά και το πόσο θα με επηρέαζαν πολύ αργότερα τα γραπτά του. Τα διαβάζω ξανά και ξανά και κάθε φορά εισπράττω καινούρια συναισθήματα και σκέψεις. Υπάρχει όμως ένα συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο του, το οποίο πρωτοδιάβασα στο γυμνάσιο και με ακολουθεί ακόμη. Αναφέρομαι στο βιβλίο του "Ο Ξένος". Αν και το αγαπημένο μου είναι "Οι Δίκαιοι", "Ο Ξένος" είναι το βιβ ...more
Liz Janet
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
OH bloody hell!!!
Okay, I chose to read this book because everyone was talking about it saying it was a really good and short alternative history set in 1950s Britain. I assumed it was a middle grade book, which is not, and I also assumed it was not going to be as dark as it truly was. The writing was beautiful, Standish Treadwell is not very smart, but he has an ample vocabulary that makes me suck in the text and I will definitely be dreaming about it tonight. The language was so soft that it m
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hacía mucho tiempo que un libro no me enganchaba tanto como lo ha hecho Las tres caras de la luna de Sally Gardner. Desde un primer momento, quedas sumergido de lleno en la historia que aparece reflejada en sus páginas, y no puedes parar de leer hasta no saber cómo termina. A esto ayuda, sin duda alguna, la brevedad de sus capítulos, que hacen de la novela una lectura ágil y rápida.

RESEÑA COMPLETA en El cementerio de mis sueños
Sara Williams
Book #2 of MLI2015
(A book from the genre I read the least last year)

What an amazing story!
If the title isn't enough to grip you in and make you want to pick up the book instantly, consider this:

Standish Treadwell has one eye each colour and besides not being very literate, he is one of the smartest in his class. Motherland emprisions him. His only friend is his Grandfather who he is living with because his parents have disappeared without a trace, as so many other people do - wiped out completel
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
Such a beautiful, heart-wrenching book! This is a whole new approach to the dystopian future (or past, in this case) genre and the relationships it creates. The background we've got here is similar to a Cold War Russia battling the Space Race where two boys, Standish and Hector, discover what it truly means to live under a totalitarian regime, finding peace, love, strength and friendship on each other and on their imaginations.

This story has a feeling about it... Such a raw and heavy sense of sa
Larnacouer  de SH
Nov 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
İçerik ve karakterleri sevmedim, özellikle illüstrasyonlardan nefret ettim. Ki beni bilen bilir, illüstrasyonlu kitaplara zaafım vardır, hele ki anlatıcısı çocuksa.

Ama bu kitap. Hayatımdan 2 saat çaldı be! :(

Sci-fi seven bir insan değilim malum, kitaba karşı böyle negatif duruşumun nedenleri arasında bu yer alab-ayy yok o ne biçim illüstrasyon öyle yüce rabbim ya. #dram
Mariana Pereira
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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
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god. This book absolutely took over my life. Magnificent, brave, awful.

" Why is mankind so fucking cruel ? Why ?"

It is set somewhere in a,regime that makes no sense to the people still living. A cruel regime where death and torture are everyday things. Sometimes this is graphic, often not. But good people still endure and always try for better.
Standish and his gramps, they just finished me. An utterly real, beautiful, voice .

And that ending.
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: excellent-reads
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner - 3.75/5 stars

Maggot Moon is an eerie book that takes place in an alternate historical place pretty much similar to the Nazi days but the main concern here isn't Hitler but the journey to the moon. Standish Treadwell and his Gramps live in Zone Seven where they are outcasts and are from the lower hierarchy chart, they're the unwanted group. They meet a new family, the Lush family, who are coincidentally neighbours and they become the best of friends. Standish and Hec
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
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
George K.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Το βιβλίο το αγόρασαμισοτιμής σε άριστη κατάσταση και το διάβασα μέσα σε μια μέρα. Μπορεί να είναι 239 σελίδες, αλλά επειδή χωρίζεται σε 100 μικρά κεφάλαια και οι σελίδες δεν είναι ιδιαίτερα πυκνογραμμένες, θα έλεγα ότι είναι περισσότερο νουβέλα παρά μυθιστόρημα.

Η ιστορία είναι σκοτεινή, σε σημεία αρκετά σκληρή και στενάχωρη, σίγουρα δεν κάνει για μικρά παιδιά. Ο Στάντις είναι ένας δεκαπεντάχρονος που ζει στην Ζώνη Επτά της Μητρόπολης και ξεχωρίζει λόγω των ματιών του που έχουν διαφορετικό χρώμ
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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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.” 79 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.” 28 likes
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