There are train-track thinkers, then there’s you Standish, a breeze in the park of imagination.

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There’s so much to talk about once you’ve read Maggot Moon. To help you out, we’ve made this discussion guide to spark conversation and further study.
Maggot Moon Discussion Guide

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See what other people are saying about it below:

"The outstanding teenage novel of the autumn"

Lorna Bradbury, The Telegraph

"...startlingly original, horribly inspirational [story] which deserves many prizes."

Amanda Craig, The Times

"It caused me to question things that I take for granted, and think about things that I’d never thought of before. I feared, cried, hoped, and most of all, dreamed alongside Standish until the end. It haunted me for long after I put the book down. An unforgettable read"

Alice D'Angelo (via

"...a celebration of the refusal of the human spirit to be crushed and in Standish, Gardner has created a hero to be cherished."

Sally Morris, Daily Mail

"If you're looking for something a little different and want to be blown away, pick up Maggot Moon."

Jessica from Booked Up!

"a fast-paced, tough and heartbreaking story. I loved it."

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"This totally original story is brilliant from beginning to end and each gripping chapter urges you to keep reading."

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"has clear potential to become a modern classic"


“Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner has arrived downstairs. Very hard book to read, but impossible to put down.”


"Just read - and re-read - Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner. Gripping, moving, original, thought-provoking... I'm exhausted!



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Our friends at the Movellas writing community are so inspired around Maggot Moon that there is a whole load of activity going on over their site to get involved in.