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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 leaving you gasping for breath and clamoring for more.
The story is told by Coriander, daughter of a silk merchant in 1650s London. Her idyllic childhood ends when her mother dies and her father goes away, leaving Coriander with her stepmother, a widow who is in cahoots with a fundamentalist Puritan preacher. She is shut away in a chest and left to die, but emerges into the fairy world from which her mother came, and where time has no meaning. When she returns, charged with a task that will transform her life, she is seventeen.;This is a book filled with enchantments - a pair of silver shoes, a fairy shadow, a prince transformed into a fox - that contrast with the heartbreaking loss and cruelty of Coriander's life in the real world. With its brilliantly realized setting of old London Bridge, and underpinned by the conflict between Royalists and Puritans, it is a terrific page turner, involving kidnapping, murder and romance, and an abundance of vivid characters.;Coriander is a heroine to love. Her story will establish Sally Gardner as a children's writer of boundless imagination and originality.
'A glorious, beautifully written novel... This story entranced me from page one and didn't let me go until the last sentence.' The Bookseller
|Publication date:||5th June 2006|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
|Format:||Paperback (b Format)|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
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 ...More About Sally Gardner