Zephyr signs Sally Gardner's 'triumphant' return to middle grade

Rights - Children Wednesday, 06 March 2019

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."

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