I'm starting off my Hub Reading Challenge! If you want to follow my progress, I'm compiling all of the entries over here and if you want to read more about the Challenge, you can do so over at The Hub.
Title: Maggot Moon
Author: Sally Gardner
Award/List: Printz Honor
This is going to sound weird, but I really wanted to read this book and get it out of the way. I hate the word maggot. So much. It's bizarre. Growing up, it was very difficult to watch Cadet Kelly when it aired (all of the time) on Disney.
Sadly, I read this as an ebook and for some reason it did not contain the illustrations that accompany the story. I actually didn't even realize there were illustrations until I looked at the ALA description of the book. I did enjoy the story without them, but now I'm worried that I missed a lot of insight and story. But, I did jump into this book blindly and was pleasantly surprised.
The story as I read it: Standish and his grandfather live in the lowest of the sectors of a totalitarian Motherland, just barely getting by. Oppression surrounds Standish at home, school and the playground. After being subjected to extreme violence on an almost daily basis, Standish and his grandfather take action to shine a light of truth on the Motherland's projection of reality. Soon everyone will know what's beyond the wall.
It's a story about friendship, trust, and rebellion. Definitely worth picking up. It was a fast read, but then again, I read it without the pictures which I'm really sad about! Has anyone read it with the pictures? AKA how it's supposed to be read? Should I stumble into a bookstore and flip through a book?