January 2013 Indie Next List
“Standish Treadwell is not like everyone else. Luckily, he's always been able to get by without attracting too much attention. But when a teacher beats a boy, Standish intervenes and is noticed by those working for the Motherland. The Motherland culls those who are different, unwanted, or independent. Standish is different and his grandfather has secrets hidden in the basement -- secrets the Motherland will kill to protect. Both chilling and stunning, Maggot Moon is reminiscent of both 1984 and The Handmaid's Tale. Gardner has created a haunting tale that deserves applause.”
— Marika McCoola, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
On the other side of the wall there is a dark secret. And the devil. And the Moon Man. And the Motherland doesn't want anyone to know. 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.