Maggot Moon

Narrated against the backdrop of a ruthless regime determined to beat its enemies in the race to the moon, MAGGOT MOON is the stunning new novel from award-winning author Sally Gardner. When his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, dyslexic hero Standish Treadwell realises that it is up to him, his grandfather and a small band of rebels to confront and defeat the ever-present oppressive forces of the Motherland. Utterly original and stunning, it is impossible not to be moved by MAGGOT MOON’s powerful story and the unforgettable heroism of Standish. Check out the Maggot Moon hub on Movellas for competitions and awesome activities: http://www.movellas.com/blog/show/201209051721008644/the-movellas-maggot-moon-hub

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8. Eight

 

The corridor smelled of disinfectant, milk, boy’s pee and polish. The striplights looked to me like loneliness. They were too bright, they revealed everything. They made the emptiness ten times worse, showed me there was no Hector. A glass door banged and Miss Phillips, one of the school wardens, came out of her office carrying a cup.

‘What are you doing, Treadwell?’

She had a hard, no-nonsense voice but I’d seen her in the queues like everyone else, getting a little extra on the side. She looked down the corridor and up at the camera that went round like clockwork. She waited until the all-seeing eye was turned elsewhere then without a word she tied my tie, re-buttoned my shirt. She checked the camera, put her finger to her lips and waited for it to turn back on us before saying in the same, no-nonsense voice, ‘Good, Treadwell. Now that is how I expect you to arrive at school every day.’

Never would I have thought that the hard-boiled Miss Phillips had such a soft, sweet centre. 

 

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