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Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009 and for the Independent Booksellers' Book Prize 2010.
The dramatic, horrific and sometimes romantic events of the French
Revolution, which Sally Gardner so brilliantly portrayed in The Red Necklace
are moved on a stage in this equally vivid and richly imagined sequel, yet stand-alone novel, which allows those already hooked to the exploits of the fascinating and compelling characters to really engage in a turbulent time in world history. Yet those who have not read The Red Necklace will be equally drawn into the quality and richness of the story and the superb characterisation. As well as providing a terrific insight into a brutal and sometimes horrific period of European history the reader will find many threads - secrets, magic, heroism and murder as well as a touching love story - to keep them turning the pages to the very end.
Meg Rosoff on The Silver Blade:
"The Silver Blade is a tale of swashbuckling heroics, a tragedy dripping with blood and loss, a delicious loves story set in the whirling heart of the French Revolution."
Meg Rosoff on the author, Sally Gardner:
"I bow to her storytelling brilliance."
The shortlisted titles for the 2010 Independent Booksellers' Award were:
Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo
Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates
Auslander by Paul Dowswell
Dogs by Emily Gravett
The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech
Henderson’s Boys: The Escape by Robert Muchamore
Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray
What’s for Dinner Mr Gum? by Andy Stanton
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Last Leopard by Lauren St John
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner
With Sido safely in England and the Terror at its height, Yann returns to France to smuggle out aristocratic refugees who will otherwise face the guillotine. But when Sido is kidnapped, he must use all his strength and courage to outwit the evil Count Kalliovski, and rescue her for a second time.
Set against a vivid historical background, prize winning author Sally Gardner brings to life the horrors of the French Revolution in this breath-taking adventure, complete with intrepid heroism and a touching love story. Perfect for 9+ readers and fans of The Red Necklace and I, Coriander.
Publication date: 04/03/2010
Publisher: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||4th March 2010|
|Publisher:||Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners|
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