SALLY GARDNER WINS THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL WITH MAGGOT MOON
Dyslexic author Sally Gardner - once branded 'unteachable' at school - won this year's prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal with Maggot Moon. Her original and acclaimed dystopian tale also won this year's Costa Children's Book Award.
A tale of triumph over terror, Gardner's Maggot Moon sees the unlikely young hero Standish who, like his creator, is dyslexic, stand up to a sinister dictatorship whilst friends and family around him 'disappear'. A first-time winner of the coveted golden medal, Gardner will receive £500 worth of books to donate to her local library.
At today's ceremony, Gardner, who perceives her dyslexia as a gift, spoke up for children for whom reading and writing does not come easily and the librarians and teachers that help them. She also criticized Michael Gove's new curriculum.
Maggot Moon and other titles from the shortlist are available to borrow from the War Memorial and Discovery Libraries.