Winner: Costa children's book award 2012
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.
"Dazzling, chilling, breathtaking. Maggot Moon is, quite simply, a perfect book." (Meg Rosoff, award-winning author of How I Live Now)
"… a unique and compelling read" (The Bookseller Children’s Booksellers’ Choice: September)
"… Maggot Moon is an unusual, deeply moving and thought-provoking story, which has clear potential to become a modern classic" (Booktrust (September ‘Book we like’)
"… a remarkable novel." (Books for Keeps (5 star review)
"This novel will just blow you away." (Waterstones (5 star rating))
"a story that is rich in drama and ideas" (Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids)
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So wanted this to be loved
The book kept interest and was helpful on a long car journey but left us all wondering why we had spent the time. Standish was a great character and it was well written with a hint of mystery in every short chapter, but often led this weary reader to disappointment. Every character wasn't developed enough and it seemed a bit hap hazard - disjointed.
It seemed to me that the relationship between Hector and the Standish was unnecessary for the plot. I couldn't fathom why it needed swearing or why the graphic violence for a children's story. It really wasn't appropriate for my kids at 8 and 11.
I can't pick out one. There were very few "scenes". The ending in the suits was good to imagine, I guess?
It seemed a want to be Orwellian story with gravitas, but it was flattened by the "fake moon landing" finale, the "our fate lies with you" Star-Wars line, and not driving the alternative universe depth until mid way through the book