Fiona Kennedy takes world rights in Gardner's first MG novel since I, Coriander
Fiona Kennedy, publisher of Head of Zeus' Zephyr, has acquired world rights in Invisible in a Bright Light, Sally Gardner’s first middle-grade novel since the prize-winning I, Coriander.
The deal was concluded with Catherine Clarke at Felicity Bryan Associates, and Invisible in a Bright Light will be published this November in hardback.
According to the acquisition statement: 'It’s 1870 and the opening night of a new opera in a freezing city by the sea. Celeste, a theatre rat, wakes from what she hopes is a bad dream to find that nothing is quite as it was before. From the gutter of time she steps into a place of infinite worlds to play a dangerous game called the Reckoning — it’s the only way she can save those she loves and return to reality. This pitch- perfect novel soars with the imagination of a master story-teller. After almost fifteen years, Invisible in a Bright Light marks a triumphant return to the genre Sally loves best.'
Kennedy said: "I loved working on I, Coriander with Sally all those years ago and I’m loving Invisible in a Bright Light even more – it is an exceptional piece of story-telling from a writer at the peak of her powers."
Gardner (pictured) said: "Once a long time ago I worked at the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen. This is what inspired me to write Invisible in a Bright Light. I am so thrilled to be working with Fiona again. And can’t think why I ever strayed from an age group that I truly love writing for."