COSTA BOOK AWARD WITH THIRD BOOK PUBLISHED
MAGGOT MOON by Sally Gardner has won the 2012 Costa Children’s Book Award
MAGGOT MOON, the stunning novel with a dyslexic hero at its heart, is the book closest to author Sally Gardner, herself severely dyslexic and branded ‘unteachable’ when she was at school.
Set in a reimagined 1950s world under the ‘Motherland’s’ dictatorship, MAGGOT MOON is the heartbreaking but inspirational story of the power of the imagination and friendship and has received great praise since publication in August 2012, described as ‘the most original publication for years’ by the Times, ‘the outstanding teenage novel of the autumn’ by the Telegraph and ‘… an inspirational piece of writing’ by the New Statesman.
Sally Gardner said: ‘In all my experience since becoming a full-time writer, winning this award is the most phenomenal. I used to be an illustrator and now I paint with words; I've discovered exactly what words can achieve as pictures. MAGGOT MOON is a book I’ve always wanted to write and Standish has been waiting to be written for years. It is thrilling that the story now stands defiant in the world. It is a great honour to have won this award, and for me, it goes towards proving the power of dreams.’
Hot Key Books, part of Bonnier Publishing, was started up by MD Sarah Odedina, previous Publisher/International Editor-in-Chief at Bloomsbury Children’s Books, in September 2011, and launched its list in August this year to great acclaim.
Sarah Odedina said: ‘We are over the moon that Sally Gardner has won the 2012 Costa Children's Book Award with her outstanding and original book MAGGOT MOON, and particularly delighted that it is just the third book to be published by Hot Key Books. In it she has created a unique voice and one of literature’s best heroes, Standish Treadwell.’
MAGGOT MOON is available in hardback, paperback, ebook and as a Multi Touch edition for the iPad. The adult edition will be published on 31 January 2012.