Annotations for Maggot Moon


Baker & Taylor
Following a stray football to the other side of a wall where there is a dark secret, Standish Treadwell, a boy who is ostracized for his illiteracy and different-colored eyes, discovers astonishing truths about a heralded moon landing that the overseeing Motherland, a ruthless regime, is determined to hide.

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Baker & Taylor
Following a stray football to the other side of a wall where there is a secret, Standish Treadwell discovers astonishing truths about a moon landing that the overseeing Motherland, a ruthless regime, is determined to hide.

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Random House, Inc.
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.

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