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, whocan'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.
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A book to challenge the reader. There is the story, and then there is the style in which the story is told. The description of the book is straightforward, but the magic lies within the unconventional structure, which is unsettling and yet propels the action that unfolds with a necessary energy. The information about the author's dyslexia is interesting and curious. The whole time I spent reading this book, I sensed I was being shown a perspective of reality through the eyes of one who sees things differently. There are short declarative chapters. There are quirky illustrations that uncannily accompany the narrative. There are snatches of recognizable themes that are all mixed up together, that keep the reader speculating. The simplicity of the plot belies the potency of the story. All of these factors factors fuel an offbeat reading experience of a world in turmoil. In the end, this is a hero's journey. Meet Standish. Find out for yourself. Let me know what you think about this book. It is a book that is ripe for discussion in as much for the themes as for the writing style. My sense is that I've just visited a parallel world that is frighteningly possible. Maggot Moon is a cautionary tale, the result of society making a few too many wrong turns, or failed corrections. Read as an ARC. A book that came to mind while reading this was Genesis by Bernard Beckett. Two blogs posts: 1-http://arepreading.tumblr.com/post/43148557735/maggotmoon and 2-http://arepreading.tumblr.com/post/53367800641/candlewick-titles-sweep-british-book-awards