Maggot Moon

By Sally Gardner

A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

In Sally Gardner’s wonderful novel, set in a ruthless regime, an not going teen dangers all to show the reality a few heralded moon landing.

What if the soccer hadn’t long gone over the wall. at the different aspect of the wall there's a darkish mystery. And the satan. And the Moon guy. And the Motherland doesn’t wish an individual to understand. yet Standish Treadwell — who has different-colored eyes, who can’t learn, can’t write, Standish Treadwell isn’t bright — sees issues in a different way than the remainder of the "train-track thinkers." So while Standish and his merely good friend and neighbor, Hector, make their method to the opposite part of the wall, they see what the Motherland has been hiding. And it’s big...One hundred very brief chapters, informed in an completely unique first-person voice, propel readers via a story that's by means of turns gripping and darkly funny, bleak and chilling, soft and transporting.

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I believe like telling him i'm from planet Juniper. I don’t. as an alternative I stare down on the cement ground. i glance up while he says, “You are the 1st person who can do that. in contrast to the others, you're fit. ” “What does that suggest? ” I ask. “You have stamina. ” “I’m one of many new consumption, sir. ” He doesn’t resolution. possibly I shouldn’t have stated that. It was once a reduction, i will let you know, to determine the protect get back with a pitcher of water and a hunk of brown bread. Brown bread. You’re useless. I drink. I consume. i'm doing my top to imagine the bread and the water are stable symptoms. That they suggest I’ll be clipped again into the harness. other than I’m no longer. The shield — the person who appears like Mr. Gunnell’s brother — takes me away. Away to the place? That’s what’s giving me the heebie-jeebies. My head hurts simply puzzling over it. Now I’m definite the leather-coat guy has stumbled on the tunnel, placed and jointly, made 5. probably the white-coated guy suggested me. at the very least we're nonetheless jogging. i feel that’s an excellent signal. we're jogging again in the direction of the moon set. in simple terms then does it hit me. Frick-fracking hell! possibly i used to be no reliable at being the load on the finish of gravity and i'm being despatched to affix the millions of employees who're brushing the moon floor tender. I convenience myself that it would be larger from that attitude to hurry out with my signal than be caught in a harness. good, that proposal simply went out the window. i'm proven a trench in a crease of the moon’s floor. It’s lengthy and skinny and curves around a bend. It’s deep adequate for me to run from side to side with no being obvious. Down there's a guy in brown overalls. i'm dropped into the ditch, and a harness like that of a rucksack is clipped on me on the entrance. I watch how he does it. Then he attaches invisible wires to my harness. I can’t see a frick-fracking factor from down right here. Then abruptly my toes elevate off the floor and the brown total strikes me approximately as though I’m a puppet. Which, when you consider it, i'm. i'm the lifeless weight that makes the astronaut glance weightless. I bob from side to side within the trench until eventually i will bob not more. It needs to be past due. i'm now too light-headed to be a lot use. eventually, i'm unclipped. I make psychological notes. The clip with the invisible twine — that’s not likely to be too tough to undo. what's caring me is how the frick-fracking hell am I going to climb out of this trench speedy sufficient? If I can’t do this i'll by no means be capable to delay my signal and the realm won't ever comprehend. I’m starting to imagine this volunteering thought will possibly not were my brightest. Then to my humongous aid the brown-overall guy indicates me steps that I hadn’t noticeable, mounted to the aspect of the ditch. I notice the place they're and check out to see how lengthy it's going to take me to climb up them — after I’ve controlled to unfastened myself from the invisible cord. All i need to do then is make it to the moon floor as speedy as i will be able to take my belt off. nonetheless i've got no plans for the “then what? ” simply to get that a ways will be anything to shout domestic approximately. I emerge from the ditch to discover Mr. Gunnell’s double-gangster ready.

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