Winning Year: 2013
Author: Sally Gardner
Title: Maggot Moon

Original Publisher: Hot Key Books
Current Publisher: Hot Key Books
Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781471400049
In Print

A ruthless regime is determined to beat its enemies in a race to the moon. But when his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, it is up to unlikely hero Standish, his grandfather, and a small band of rebels, to confront and defeat the ever-present oppressive forces of the Motherland.


Sally Gardner grew up amongst the drama of London's law courts, as both her parents were lawyers. Having been sent to various schools, expelled by one and branded 'unteachable' by the others, Sally was eventually diagnosed at the age of twelve as being severely dyslexic. Sally is now an avid spokesperson for dyslexia; she sees it
a gift, not a disability, and is passionately trying to change how dyslexics are perceived by society.

At 18 Sally won a scholarship to St. Martin's Central School of Art where she received a First Class Degree and she realised that she could combine her love of the theatre and stories with her talent for illustration, and became a successful theatre designer. Her first West End show - The Good Woman of Szechuan - was produced when she was 22, and she has worked with Alan Ayckbourn at the National Theatre and also as an opera costume designer.

Sally published her first book in 1993, thus beginning her illustrious career as a writer-illustrator to great international acclaim. The Countess's Calamity won the Smarties Prize in 2003. Her first full-length novel, and a turning point in Sally's career, was I, Coriander which won the Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award in 2005. Her next novel The Red Necklace was shortlisted for the Guardian Book Prize in 2007 and The Silver Blade followed. All of these books have been optioned for film. The Double Shadow has been hailed as 'an astonishing departure for a writer who has found a new and very distinctive voice' and her most recent YA novel Maggot Moon has been widely critically praised and won the 2012 Costa Children's Book Award. It is also available as a Multi Touch edition for the iPad with lots of extra content. Both Maggot Moon and The Double Shadow have been nominated for the 2013 Carnegie Medal. Sally has also recently published Wings & Co a fairy detective agency series for younger readers, illustrated by the brilliant David Roberts.

Sally lives in London.

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