Maggot Moon

Gardner, Sally

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Maggot Moon
"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."--Dust jacket.

Published: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 0763665533
Branch Call Number: YA GAR
Characteristics: 279 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Crouch, Julian


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Aug 15, 2014

Standish Treadwell is growing up in a Britain dominated by the dark, ruthlessly oppressive forces of The Motherland. Life is hard, but Standish struggles onwards - until his best and only friend Hector is taken away from him, and events take a new and more dangerous turn. an unforgettable story of courage, friendship and rebellio. This haunting dystopia (alternative history?) is written in a wholly original style that will have readers on the edge the edge of their seats from beginning to end.

Aug 06, 2014
  • mvkramer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Bit by bit, you realize something is terribly, terribly rotten in Zone 7, although you'll probably guess the big reveal before it's spelled out. Not really a plot-heavy work, this book relies on atmosphere and character, and does a good job with what it's got. Standish's voice is wonderful, and the claustrophobia and pain of his life is palpable. A melancholy, yet uplifting work.

Jul 11, 2014
  • monicacole rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I found this book to be wonderfully weird. The plot was fascinating, the writing was beautiful, and the whole thing left me just wanting to know more about the world in which the story takes place. It started on a rather mild note, and became more and more subtly disturbing as it went along. The very short chapters, and the art for each chapter (which told a whole different story) added to unsettling feeling. I loved this book and would highly recommend it.

Apr 19, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The author manages to pull you right into the story. You worry about Standish. You cringe for Hector. You want to hold little Eric Owen. The little illustrations add to the eerie tone. Highly recommended.

Feb 21, 2014
  • natalie_g rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Maggot Moon is a novel about political oppression. The Motherland (never officially named) controls EVERYTHING in Zone 7 where Standish Treadwell lives with his grandfather. It's full of disappeared people, tortured students, and economic/social oppression. The highlight-and what makes Maggot Moon different-is the unique narrator Standish. He captures you with his story from the first chapter and keeps you engaged to the point of reading the whole thing in one session. He's what the Motherland would call "impure". Both physically and mentally.He cannot read or write, he has one brown and one blue. He should by all accounts be exterminated but he survives. Perhaps because his perceived impurity protects him and makes him invisible. Maggot Moon tells the story of Standish and his determination to stand up to the ruthless Motherland.


Add Age Suitability

Nov 26, 2013
  • Lisha_1204 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Lisha_1204 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Find it at DBRL


Explore Further

Browse the Shelf
Find Series Titles and Other Books Like This With NoveList

Subject Headings