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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But the thing that really scratched at me was this: I must have been so many miles away. I didn’t even see Mr Gunnell approaching, although there was a runway between me and his desk. I mean, I sat at the very back of the class – the blackboard could have been in another country. The words were just circus horses dancing up and down. At least, they never stayed still long enough for me to work out what they were saying.

The only one I could read was the huge red word that was stamped over the picture of the moon. Slapped you in the gob, that word did.

MOTHERLAND.

Being stupid, and not being anything that fitted neatly on to lined paper, I’d sat at the back of the class long enough to know I’d become all but invisible. Only when Mr Gunnell’s army-tank arms were in need of some exercise did I come into focus.

Only then did I see red. 

 

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