Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

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The short and relatively simple, though lacking, chapters combined for an easy read and I would recommend it because despite the flaws, it is a good book...for children and teenagers with learning disabilities – the main theme, both for the characters and the plot, is that anything is possible.
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A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book! In Sally Gardner’s stunning novel, set in a ruthless regime, an unlikely teenager risks all to expose the truth about a heralded moon landing. 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 anyone to know. But Standish Treadwell — who has different-colored eyes, who can’t read, can’t write, Standish Treadwell isn’t bright — sees things differently than the rest of the "train-track thinkers." So when Standish and his only friend and neighbor, Hector, make their way to the other side of the wall, they see what the Motherland has been hiding. And it’s big...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.
 

About Sally Gardner

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Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than one million copies in the UK.Her historical novel for older readers, I, Coriander, won the Smarties Children's Book Prize in 2005. Two thrillers both set at the time of the French Revolution, The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade , which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 2009, followed. Actor Dominic West (The Wire) has bought the film rights to both titles.Sally Gardner's stories for middle readers include Lucy Willow and the popular Magical Children series of six titles The Strongest Girl in the World, The Invisible Boy, The Boy with Magic Numbers, The Smallest Girl in the World, The Boy with the Lightning Feet, and The Boy who could Fly, which are also available as audio books.She has also written and illustrated picture books including The Fairy Catalogue, The Glass Heart, The book of Princesses and Playtime Rhymes.Her fourth novel, The Double Shadow will be published in November 2011.Sally Gardner continues to be an avid spokesperson for Dyslexia, working to change the way it is perceived by society. She is dyslexic and argues that it's not a disability, but a gift.
 
Published January 31, 2013 by Hot Key Books. 288 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Reviewed by Lydia on Apr 09 2013

The short and relatively simple, though lacking, chapters combined for an easy read and I would recommend it because despite the flaws, it is a good book...for children and teenagers with learning disabilities – the main theme, both for the characters and the plot, is that anything is possible.

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Reviewed by SophieScribe on Feb 23 2013

I really enjoyed this book – it's definitely one to read again and again and on many different levels, making it great for a wide age range. Excellent!

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Reviewed by Linda Buckley-Archer on Dec 28 2012

Teenage readers deserve big themes, big ideas and big emotions. Encourage one to read this powerful and affecting novel, and supply a large box of paper hankies.

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