You see, I can’t spell my own name.
Standish Treadwell.
Can’t read, can’t write,
Standish Treadwell isn’t bright.

Standish Treadwell is dyslexic. In Maggot Moon, Sally Gardner wanted to show a little of what it’s like to be dyslexic. To show that it is a gift, not something to be cured. It’s a lot more than not being able to spell.

Maggot Moon Multi-touch iBook brings the story to life on a whole new level, showing what inspires Sally, the benefits of dyslexia and how Standish’s horrific world is not so different from our own.

But Standish Treadwell, who has different-colored eyes, who "can’t read, can’t write, Standish Treadwell isn’t bright," sees things differently than the rest of the "train-track thinkers". So when Standish and his only friend and neighbor, Hector, make their way to the other side of the wall, they see what the Motherland has been hiding. And it’s big.

S elf-belief is easily undermined in children, and it's hard to win it back. The acclaimed writer and illustrator Sally Gardner is dyslexic, and this led teachers to underestimate her talents. Her latest novel for teenagers, Maggot Moon , is dedicated to all those who didn't shine at school but "who will own tomorrow".

Maggot Moon 's 15-year-old dyslexic hero is written off by teachers and bullied by classmates. Only Hector, a new boy, gets Standish. He understands that his unique qualities – shaped, in part, by a condition that others perceive as a handicap – contribute to an original turn of mind. Unlike all the train-track thinkers, Standish is "a breeze in the park of the imagination". Standish narrates his story in 100 short, fast-paced chapters; his voice is original, quirky and vivid. He has a penchant for colourful metaphors: words are "sweets in the mouth of sound"; a woman's eyes are "fishes swimming in a puddle of tears"; his heart is "an egg bumping against the side of a pan of boiling water".

But Maggot Moon is far from being the heart-warming story of a boy who finds friendship and overcomes his difficulties. This is a grim and violent fable that pulls no punches and delivers emotional heft. Standish lives with his grandfather in Zone 7, in a dystopian 1950s England where violence, torture, hunger and enforced slavery are the norm. Under this neo-Nazi regime, people (including Standish's parents) routinely disappear, and nothing is quite as it seems. "Such a cruel nation is the monstrous Motherland," says Standish. "I'm amazed no one has risen up to throttle the bitch."

You see, I can’t spell my own name.
Standish Treadwell.
Can’t read, can’t write,
Standish Treadwell isn’t bright.

Standish Treadwell is dyslexic. In Maggot Moon, Sally Gardner wanted to show a little of what it’s like to be dyslexic. To show that it is a gift, not something to be cured. It’s a lot more than not being able to spell.

Maggot Moon Multi-touch iBook brings the story to life on a whole new level, showing what inspires Sally, the benefits of dyslexia and how Standish’s horrific world is not so different from our own.

You see, I can’t spell my own name.
Standish Treadwell.
Can’t read, can’t write,
Standish Treadwell isn’t bright.

Standish Treadwell is dyslexic. In Maggot Moon, Sally Gardner wanted to show a little of what it’s like to be dyslexic. To show that it is a gift, not something to be cured. It’s a lot more than not being able to spell.

Maggot Moon Multi-touch iBook brings the story to life on a whole new level, showing what inspires Sally, the benefits of dyslexia and how Standish’s horrific world is not so different from our own.

But Standish Treadwell, who has different-colored eyes, who "can’t read, can’t write, Standish Treadwell isn’t bright," sees things differently than the rest of the "train-track thinkers". So when Standish and his only friend and neighbor, Hector, make their way to the other side of the wall, they see what the Motherland has been hiding. And it’s big.

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