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 spellbinding book.
This book was highlighted to me via Hot Key Books themselves as they are hosting an event in London as part of Dyslexia Awareness Week along side Book Trust. Dyslexia and Dyspraxia awareness are issues that I feel very strongly about and so this spurred me on to request a review copy of Maggot Moon as the Main Character, Standish, is dyslexic and so the story is told through his viewpoint. I was really just interested to see how Sally Gardner handled this angle but was treated to a superb piece of story telling and a wonderfully put together novel that proved the point that dyslexia doesn't mean you're stupid; you just think in a different way. This can lead to a more diverse train of thought rather than anything else.
This book is honestly up with the likes of The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak because of how much it impacted myself as a reader. It is a beautifully told story in itself but as someone with similar thought patterns as the MC I found it a true treat to see the world in the same fashion. Even just the way in which he describes the moving words on the school board and how they gallop like horses was utter joy to read (I don't have the book to hand as I've loaned it out already but i'm sure that's the term used). Another element of the book I adored with the illustrations that ran through each chapter and flowed along as the story developed. Ever so clever even if the drawings were gross at times.
Maggot Moon is a book I want to share with others. I don't always get that with books I read and even though I may like a book I would only pass it along to a few but this one quite special. Sally Gardner has a beautiful writing style that stole my heart and visually created a world that was dark and light all at once. Standish and Hector's friendship is one so well balanced that even when Standish is alone you feel Hector's presence. He gave him strength and made him believe that he wasn't stupid at all but just say things other didn't. It's a heart felt message that you really believe Sally Gardner has a passion about by the way she conveys Standish's story.
I'm so glad I have a copy of Maggot Moon of my very own so I can have it propped up on my shelf and smile seeing it knowing that Standish, Hector, Gramps and all the other characters are in there waiting for me if I want to dip back into their world.
Published by Hot Key Books and is available now from here and all book shops