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Invisible in a Bright Light

Sally Gardner

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Harper Collins
01 December 2019
Children's & Educational; Fantasy & magical realism (Children's&YA)
A middle grade novel about a crystal chandelier shaped like a galleon that splinters into a thousand pieces, a girl abandoned as a baby on the steps of an opera house and a dangerous game called the Reckoning.

From I, Coriander to Invisible in a Bright Light , Sally Gardner's first middle grade novel in 14 years soars with the imagination of a master story-teller. A pitch perfect, haunting story about a crystal chandelier shaped like a galleon that splinters into a thousand pieces, a girl abandoned as a baby on the steps of an opera house and a dangerous game called the Reckoning.

It is 1870: opening night at the Royal Opera House in a freezing city by the sea, where a huge crystal chandelier in the shape of a galleon sparkles magically with the light of 750 candles.

Celeste, a theatre rat, wakes up in a costume basket from what she hopes is a bad dream, to find that everyone at the theatre where she works thinks she is someone else.

When the chandelier falls, she is haunted by a strange girl who claims to know Celeste's past and why she must play a game called the Reckoning to try to save the people she loves.
By:   Sally Gardner
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   ANZ Only
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9781789544848
ISBN 10:   178954484X
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 December 2019
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sally Gardner gained a first class degree at a leading London art college and became a successful theatre costume designer before illustrating and writing books. Her debut novel, I, Coriander won the Nestle Gold Award and she is also a Costa and Carnegie prize-winner. Her books have been translated all over the world and have sold over two million copies. Zephyr also publishes Sally Gardner's 7-9 series, illustrated by Nick Maland. sallygardner.net @TheSallyGardner

Reviews for Invisible in a Bright Light

'The prize-winning Gardner is [a]dab hand at literary world-creation' Observer. 'Gardner's writing is atmospheric, almost cinematic, as the action moves through parallel realities. The story takes time to reveal itself, but it's absolutely worth it!' Children's Books Ireland. 'Rich and haunting historical fiction with a charismatic female lead' The Bookseller. 'Intriguing, haunting and filled with suspense, this story will transport readers right to the gutter of time and back again and is one to recommend to those who love an other-worldly read or who are looking for something a little bit different to get stuck into' Books for Topics. 'Gardner's first Middle Grade novel since the award-wining I, Coriander is sumptuous historical fiction; an elegant, complex novel that keeps readers guessing until the end' Editor's Choice review, The Bookseller.


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