Maggot Moon
Maggot Moon

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Annotation: Friendship and trust inspire an unlikely teenager to rise up against an oppressive regime and expose the truth about a planned moon landing.
Catalog Number: #80301
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Illustrator: Crouch, Julian,
Pages: 279 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-6553-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-80326-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-6553-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-80326-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2012947247
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
Starred Review ALA Booklist (Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 CST 2013)
ALA Booklist
ALA/YALSA Best Book For Young Adults
Kirkus Reviews
Michael Printz Honor
Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal (Fri Mar 01 00:00:00 CST 2013)
Voice of Youth Advocates
Wilson's High School Catalog
Wilson's Junior High Catalog
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Word Count: 31,057
Reading Level: 4.5
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.5 / points: 5.0 / quiz: 157172 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.3 / points:9.0 / quiz:Q60415
Lexile: HL700L

Discussion Guide: Maggot Moon Discussion Guide

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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