Maggot Moon

Maggot Moon A COSTA BOOK AWARD WINNERA Boy, A Friendship, A Lie And Some Hard Choices The Motherland Is A World In Which Individuality And Difference Are Crushed But Standish Treadwell Won T Be SubduedUtterly 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 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

[Reading] ➷ Maggot Moon By Sally Gardner –
  • ebook
  • 194 pages
  • Maggot Moon
  • Sally Gardner
  • English
  • 25 March 2019
  • 9781471402043

10 thoughts on “Maggot Moon

  1. says:

    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 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 be friends God bless you Mark Many soon came to my aid, and here is a first time review experience Now, to get to the book I feel so many mixed emotions about Stanlish and his beloved grandfather It is all he has, you see, as his parents were brutally taken from him along with everyone else It is an alternate universe, like I d described earlier for me, in 1957, in a sort of right wing fascist state The author Sally Gardner know how to propel properly a pregnant pause, akin to a great comedian s comic pause We don t know exactly where or what we are in the beginning, however quickly siding with Standish They do meet another family and he makes a friend I m really afraid of revealing too much here, but will tell you this much of what we dream of and want in life, is of our own imagination, creating a reality of it s own Please look for this book at your local library and or download a digital copy I ve suffered great loss and pain in my own personal life I don t wish to unload it all on this site I was in a coma for four month and woke up paralyzed you see Like Standish, we mustn t take each other or our families for granted I ll consider writing my own tome about it someday Maggot Moon showed me that our genetics show up who we SHOULD be related to by way of family, town, district or country However, our real families are our own creation you see Standish will show you the way Like he, me and you, we ll all have our illustrious epiphany someday And, I dearly hope that day coming is not too late Please let me know how you ve liked my first review on GRs, Murf

  2. says:

    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 dangerous elements, challenging the reader to double check the easily flowing language Did the teacher just beat a student TO DEATH Is that what the text says Bits and pieces of propaganda make an appearance, a meta plot is taking shape there are good and evil forces at work, the Motherland and its invisible, secret enemies To prove eternal superiority, the Motherland is about to land a scientific coup the first moon landing, years before enemy states are ready That, the propaganda tells the citizens of the Motherland, will make it all powerful But Standish and his family happen to come across the horrible truth it is all a hoax, and people are working on a fake show, only to be killed afterwards to avoid dangerous witnesses.In a political landscape of absolutely no hope at all, Standish decides to make a difference, to spoil the show, to hold up a sign in full view of the cameras of the world, to tell the world about the hoax Knowing full well from experience that torture and death are the definitive consequences If you think this sounds harsh for a young adult novel, it is actually even brutal than this For in addition to the adventure and thrill of the action, there are pitiless philosophical questions built into the story line, starting with the sad introduction, Standish s thought experiment of turning back time to a point before his drama unfolded I m wondering what if.What if the football hadn t gone over the wall.What if Hector had never gone looking for it.What if he hadn t kept the dark secret to himself.What ifThen I suppose I would be telling myself another story.You see, the what ifs are as boundless as the stars For the reader, the list of moments when Standish could have been saved is incredibly painful But at the same time, it is a story of the infinite number of choices you have, even in an oppressive, abusive environment It is a story of the value of family, of love, of human dignity, as symbolised in Standish s old grandfather He stood tall and proud, always told me he owned nothing but his dignity and he wasn t about to give that away to no one To no creed, to no church, to no dogma It is a story telling us about the horrific effectiveness of terror, and the threat it poses to human dignity, first introduced when Standish s grandfather kills rats in the cellar, later to be shown with young boys as victims, parents as hostages Seven dead rats was something the king of rats would respect Shoot one rat and all his relatives will come looking for you shoot seven and they understand you mean business The rats are a disgusting element of the society in decay, but they also are part of a sub plot told only in pictures, in a comic strip at the bottom of each page, slowly unfolding a truth of a different kind, giving subtle clues to the title of the book It shows the curiosity of a rat, sniffing out a bottle that human beings immediately recognise as poisonous, reading the sign with the skull It is an analogy to the optimistic, curious scientist experimenting without knowledge of the dangerous political environment he moves in An accident What if makes the bottle tip over, and the rat poisons itself What follows over hundreds of pages is a graphic illustration of the death and decomposition of the rat, until it is completely taken over by maggots and disappears A fly hatches from a maggot and indicates a new life form, similar to the old one, but with new possibilities in store What if There is not only despair in that reflection, there is hope as well What if one action made all the difference When Standish sacrifices his life to make a difference for the future, he sums it up This is my moment Not even one minute, just a moment But maybe all it needs is a moment to change the course of history I am on the moon I am the stone The plug is pulled on the maggot moon What if you you read this bookWhat if it makes you see things clearlyWhat if it causes you pain and reading pleasureWhat if it makes you hope and despairWhat if it makes you imagine that one boy, one moment, one act can make a differenceIt might be worthwhile.

  3. says:

    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 the same Maggot Moon is an example of compelling, inventive and truly great storytelling Although some chapters are only a mere half a page, by the end of the book you ve become immersed in Standish s world, and genuinely understand what he has gone through And what he goes through is horrific It s a book you ll finish the same day you pick it up There is no need for overly long and detailed descriptions Standish lives in a brutal, harsh place where people are blinded by propaganda There s no time for lyrics and poetry.You see, Standish also has dyslexia, meaning that people underestimate him It also doesn t help that he has one brown eye and one blue eye He s intelligent yet perceived to have the mind of a young child, so he s constantly running from bullies students and teachers alike And then there s the soldiers Greenflies who are the eyes and ears of those at the top of the social ladder, making sure that everybody sticks to the rules It s set in bleak 1956 where the Motherland want to demonstrate ultimate supremacy and be the first nation to land on the moon But Standish and Gramps have an inkling that something is not quite right, and are determined to reveal the truth.Narrated by a unique voice and with a host of characters you cannot help but fight for, the brilliantly haunting and highly compelling Maggot Moon, winner of the 2012 Costa Children s Book Award, is definitely one you won t want to miss Thank you Hot Key Books for providing this book for review I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books.

  4. says:

    Quite simply, I did not GET this book I don t get the hype and rave reviews it has received, but 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 and open their minds, but I fail to see how Maggot Moon hopes to do this Historical allegory Maybe so, but novels such as Boy in the Striped Pyjamas do that far better Maybe I simply prefer realism It s not the disturbing subject matter which grates if the intended audience is young adults, it s the clumsiness of it the sudden introduction of profanities towards the end, the brief as in one paragraph foray into homosexualityit s just all over the place, and thus impossible to take seriously if that s what it wants One of the most jarring things as a reader was the occasional glitch in spelling or incorrect use of wordsat first I thought this was an editorial error, but then after a few times realised it must be intentional I understand the narrator is dyslexic, and this is probably supposed to demonstrate this, but for me this simply didn t work To go from the proganda perfect face paint to the word propoganda and far complex words being spelt perfectly throughout the rest of the novel is just irritating 130 pages later we get the figures I saw last night march pass us stylistically it s not consistent enough for it to take effect Similarly towards the end Standish has a Mrs Malaprop moment when he says It s quite a rigor mortis to place it exactly at the right spot , presumably meaning rigmarole again, if consistently used this could be an effective device It isn t.But, plenty of people are loving this book, so maybe it s just me and I am completely missing something.Very disappointing.

  5. says:

    4.5Es unos de esos estilos que hacen volar las p ginas sin que te des cuenta, y que te describen un estado, una situaci n, unos sentimientos, una mentalidad, m s que una trama en s 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 s mismo.

  6. says:

    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.

  7. says:

    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, and the rat infested streets are virtually an inhabitable ruin It s a pretty grim existence and Standish s dyslexia, fierce imagination, as well as his one blue and one brown eye, make him a prime target for the regime and it s hierarchy of violent bullies.Fending off starvation thanks to a couple of hens and a meagre vegetable patch, Standish lives with his Gramps in a modest Zone 7 house not far from his brutish school His parents have been taken by the regime, and he and his grandfather tread the fine line between surviving and subverting their totalitarian oppressors However, a secret hidden below Standish s house could hold the key to toppling the Motherland That, or certain death of course.Maggot Moon is presented in one hundred concise chapters and the writing, particularly the use of metaphor, is stunning one particular sentence describes Standish s beating heart as an egg bumping against the side of a pan of boiling water Throughout the novel, Gardner s pros are deceptively simplistic and, in many ways, bear than a passing resemblance to 2012 s Carnegie winner, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.In Standish s world, the only person he can call a friend him is newcomer to Zone 7, Hector Even though the pair forge a strong bond, and friendship in the face of adversity is an important theme here, this is no fairy tale and the conclusion has serious emotional clout A worthy winner indeed.

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    5 5Sin palabras me qued cuando termin de leer este libro Tengo que reconocer que pensaba que todos exagerabais un poco al hablar de l, pero ha sido una gran sorpresa Y muy grata, he de decir tambi n Porque Las tres caras de la Luna se ha convertido ya en uno de mis libros favoritos.Con una narraci n inocente y desgarradora, nos transmite un mensaje muy importante La carga emotiva y la carga reflexiva son palpables en cada una de las p ginas La narraci n es deliciosa, directa y clara Los cap tulos cortos facilitan y agilizan mucho la lectura, y sinceramente, esperaba que no se acabara nunca Intent alargar la lectura todo lo posible, porque no quer a despedirme de Standish, ni de Hector, ni del abuelo Y al mismo tiempo estaba deseando llegar a casa, acabar de estudiar y hacer lo que tuviera que hacer, para ponerme a leer Es una historia que sirve para recordar el pasado y pensar en el futuro Pone en nuestras manos la invitaci n a la reflexi n.Sin duda, es un libro nico, inolvidable y completamente imprescindible, que ha dejado el list n muy alto Una piedra lanzada a la humanidad.Leer la rese a Las tres caras de la Luna

  10. says:

    Me alegra enormemente haber terminado el a o con este libro Sin duda, para mi top 10 Arrollador Hermoso Ese final Estoy sin palabras.

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