A starkly original and heartbreaking tale of friendship and rebellion.
Winner 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.
Sally Gardner grew up amongst the drama of London’s law courts, as both her parents were lawyers. Having been branded ‘unteachable’ by some and sent to various schools, Sally was eventually diagnosed at the age of twelve as being severely dyslexic. Sally is now an avid spokesperson for dyslexia; she sees it a gift, not a disability, and is passionately trying to change how dyslexics are perceived by society. She has been nominated for this year’s Dyslexia Action Award.
Sally published her first book in 1993, thus beginning her illustrious career as a writer-illustrator to great international acclaim. Sally’s film-noir inspired war saga, The Double Shadow, 2011, saw ‘an astonishing departure for a writer who has found a new and very distinctive voice’ (Sunday Times). Her first novel I, Coriander, won the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award in 2005. Her next novel The Red Necklace was shortlisted for the Guardian Book Prize in 2007 and The Silver Blade followed. Both of these books have been optioned for film by Dominic West (‘The Wire’).
Sally continues to live in London.