About Sally



Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and she’s sold over 2 million copies in the UK. She’s also been called ‘an idiosyncratic genius’ by the Sunday Times.

Sally Gardner’s recent groundbreaking release for young adults,  ‘Maggot Moon’, is her most daring work yet and has been hailed as a ‘dystopian classic’. It has won the Costa Children’s Book Award 2013 and has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2013.

October 2012 welcomed Book One of ‘Wings & Co’, ‘Operation Bunny’, the first of Sally’s fairy detective agency series, illustrated by the brilliant David Roberts. Look out for the next in the adventure packed series, ‘Three Pickled Herrings’, out now.

Sally’s epic fourth novel, ‘The Double Shadow’, Orion, was released in November 2011 and has been highly acclaimed by librarians, students and critics alike – a film noir esque saga set between the two world wars, the novel was also longlisted for the Carnegie 2013,  making Sally the only double nominee this year!

Her historical fiction novel for Young Adults, ‘I, Coriander’, won the Smarties Children’s Book Prize in 2005. Her action-packed French Revolution thriller ‘The Silver Blade’, sequel to ‘The Red Necklace’ (2007), was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 2009. Actor Dominic West (‘The Wire’) has bought the film rights to both ‘The Red Necklace’ and ‘The Silver Blade’.

Sally Gardner’s stories for middle readers include the ever-popular Magical Children series (2006), such as ‘The Strongest Girl in The World’ and ‘The Boy with the Lightning Feet’, which are also available as audio books.

She has also written and illustrated original storybooks for younger children including ‘The Fairy Catalogue’ (2001) and the ‘The Glass Heart’ (2002).

Sally Gardner continues to be an avid spokesperson for Dyslexia, working to change the way it is perceived by society. She is dyslexic and argues that it’s not a disability, but a gift.

Sally strongly believes that children should not be patronised. She is opposed to the limiting expectations set for children and thinks books must successfully challenge or inspire their remarkable intellects and imaginations.

You can read more about Sally here, Sally has been wiki-fied!