Invisible In A Bright Light (Paperback)Sally Gardner (author)
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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 story about a crystal chandelier 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 risk playing a game called the Reckoning to try to save the people she loves.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'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.
'Rich and haunting historical fiction with a charismatic female lead' The Bookseller.
'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.
'The prize-winning Gardner is [a]dab hand at literary world-creation' Observer.
'Carnegie Medal winner Sally Gardner has a rare ability to build worlds that are rich, strange and totally unique to her ... It's a story that all readers will respond to and will enthral you from beginning to end' Absolutely South East (and West).
'What a majestic conjuration of Middle Grade magic this is - think Alice in Wonderland in a dazzling theatrical setting ... Gardner's cast of larger-than-life characters is vibrantly drawn ... This is a dream of a book for confident readers who relish fiction that ignites their imaginations and delight in flexing their cerebral muscles' LoveReading.
'[An] imaginative novel [with] a suspenseful challenge and a vivid backstage world of intrigue and romance. [It] is original and rich' Sunday Times.
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“A very clever and heart-warming story”
I was very lucky to have received an advanced reading copy of Invisible in a Bright Light from Head of Zeus and I absorbed this book in two days!
Sally Gardner's imagination is fantastic and her way with words... More
Thank you very much to the publishers & Sally for this early review copy which was both signed & dedicated!
It was a truly gorgeous story to read & I know so many young children (and fun loving adults) who... More
“I will remember this book for a long time to come”
Celeste is rudely awakened by a theatre worker shouting at her and telling her to get out of the costume basket. She is annoyed that the worker would have the audacity to shout at her and why is she in the basket?... More
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