The Double Shadow by Sally Gardner

The Double Shadow

Written by Sally Gardner

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A girl tries to free herself from the terrifying double shadow of her childhood and forge her own future, but she is trapped in a memory machine created by her father. Against the tense backdrop of the Second World War Sally Gardner explores families and what binds them, fathers and daughters, past histories, passions and cruelty, love and devastation in a novel rich in character and beautifully crafted. The Double Shadow is one of the launch titles of new Young Adult imprint, Indigo, which will include authors Marcus Sedgwick, Mia James, Cliff McNish, Annabel Pitcher and Alan Gibbons to name just five.


The Double Shadow by Sally Gardner

Arnold Ruben has created a memory machine, a utopia housed in a picture palace, where the happiest memories replay forever, a haven in which he and his precious daughter can shelter from the war-clouds gathering over 1937 Britain. But on the day of her seventeenth birthday Amaryllis leaves Warlock Hall and the world she has known and wakes to find herself in a desolate and disturbing place. Something has gone terribly wrong with her father's plan.

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'Sally Gardner's astonishing new novel for older teenagers The Double Shadow is intriguing, shocking and very funny. Gardner creates a cast of wonderful characters in rich, inventive and evocative prose' - Marilyn Brocklehurst, The Bookseller

'What a mysterious and haunting book The Double Shadow by Sally Gardner proved to be; despite being strangely unsettling this is a book rich in atmosphere and detail' - Vanessa Lewis, The Bookseller

'The Double Shadow is a brilliant, complex story of family bonds, love, cruelty, friendship and devastation - and of history and war' - Clare Poole, The Bookseller

'Sally Gardner has a wondrous, almost wizardly way with words, using simple prose infused with a touch of magic. Her characters are so vividly present... the result is a very special novel' - Teresa Majury, Lovely Treez Reads

'With a cast of glamourous, and warm-hearted characters this is a fast paced adventure, set during the Second World War, about a girl and a boy, and a memory machine that could alter time forever.' The Bookbag

About the Author

Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than one million copies in the UK.

Her historical novel for older readers, I, Coriander, won the Smarties Children's Book Prize in 2005. Two thrillers both set at the time of the French Revolution, The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 2009, followed. Actor Dominic West (The Wire) has bought the film rights to both titles.

Her YA novel, The Double Shadow, was published in 2011 to critical acclaim. Sally Gardner's stories for middle readers include Lucy Willow and the popular Magical Children series of six titles: The Strongest Girl in the World, The Invisible Boy, The Boy with Magic Numbers, The Smallest Girl in the World, The Boy with the Lightning Feet, and The Boy who could Fly, which are also available as audio books. She has also written and illustrated picture books including The Fairy Catalogue, The Glass Heart, The Book of Princesses and Playtime Rhymes. Sally Gardner continues to be an avid spokesperson for dyslexia, working to change the way it is perceived by society. She is dyslexic and argues that it is not a disability, but a gift.

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400 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Publication date

3rd November 2011




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