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"Maggot Moon is the book I always wanted to write"

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Sally Gardner is an avid supporter of books for dyslexic readers having struggled at school herself and diagnosed later in life as severely dyslexic.  She is quick to find the positives, seeing the world through images which gives her greater imagination and triggers creative ideas to use in her novels.  She is clear that "Dyslexia is not a disability."

She is a versatile writer, equally happy writing hauting thrillers for Young Adults - The Double Shadow -  gripping historical drama for 9+ - The  Silver Blade, I, Coriander - to her new Fairy Detective Agency series, Wings & Co for younger readers.

Her latest novel is Tinder, a gothic re-telling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Tinderbox. We asked some of our readers to review it..here's what one of our panel thought.."one of the best books I have read in a while...Filled with dramatic plot twists and unexpected revelations this book will keep you engaged and up all night wanting to read more.."

 

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Author of the Month - Sally Gardner


Sally Gardner is a multi award-winning novelist, her most recent scoops were two of the most prestigious children's book awards - the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 and the Children's Costa Award 2012 - both for the challenging and enlightening Maggot Moon. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and she's sold over 2 million copies in the UK.

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Tinder
Reader Reviewed Tinder
Sally Gardner
Award-winning Sally Gardner tells a gripping, bloody and bold story drawing on the traditions of fairy stories of all kinds and especially Hans Christian Andersen’s The Tinder Box. Tinder tells how a young and romantic soldier finds true love by...
Featured in: 14+ readers | Books Reviewed by Children
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
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Maggot Moon
Maggot Moon
Sally Gardner
One of our Books of the Year 2013. Winner of the two most prestigious children's book awards - the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 and the Children's Costa Award...
Featured in: 14+ readers | Book Awards | Bookshelf Essentials
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/2013
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A Palace Full of Princesses
A Palace Full of Princesses
Sally Gardner
A lovely gift book edition of four much-loved Early Reader Magical Princess stories: Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and The Frog Prince. These universally loved fairy tales are re-told with wit and charm in this beautiful book that makes the...
Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/11/2012
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Operation Bunny
Operation Bunny
Sally Gardner
A brand new quirky detective series called WINGS & Co. brimming with humour, mystery and magic by million-copy selling author Sally Gardner and illustrated by David Roberts.  Operation Bunny is the first case for the Fairy Detective Agency and with...
Featured in: 7+ readers | Audio Books | Books of the Month
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/10/2012
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The Double Shadow
The Double Shadow
Sally Gardner
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...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 14+ readers | Books of the Month
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2011
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Lucy Willow
Lucy Willow
Sally Gardner
A truly magical and funny story that is guaranteed to inspire girls from 6-10 to become green-fingered.  Lucy’s knack in growing things better than anyone is a sight to behold but she must show her true talent when someone becomes...
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/10/2007
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The Boy With The Lightning Feet
The Boy With The Lightning Feet
Sally Gardner
How chubby Timmy Tinkle goes from being teased and bullied about his weight to being a superstar football. Helped by his grandfather, Sheriff the parrot and May an absolute fitness fanatic, Timmy surprises everyone by discovering that, far from being...
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2006
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The Red Necklace
The Red Necklace
Sally Gardner
Set against the turbulent and drastically violent time of the French Revolution, this story is about a boy who is destined to become a hero. The plot takes you from Paris to London and back to Paris again to confront...
Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2008
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I, Coriander
I, Coriander
Sally Gardner
Sally Gardner is a formidable talent as she manages so successfully to entrance, engage and grip the reader in a historical setting and in the originality of the storyline. The richness of the prose will delight adult and child alike...
Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 05/06/2006
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