Sally Gardner is a British author and illustrator. She is a former winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award and the Carnegie Medal. She is best known as the author of I, Coriander, The Red Necklace, and Maggot Moon.

Gardner was raised in Birmingham as the daughter of two lawyers. She had a rough time in school as she was bullied due to her undiagnosed dyslexia. Because of this, she didn’t learn to read until the age of 14. After that she was off to the races though and found a love of books as well as art. She studied art and drama in college, and worked as a theatre designer prior to turning her focus to writing and illustration.

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Publication Order of Magical Children Books

The Strongest Girl in the World (1999)Description / Buy at
The Invisible Boy (2002)Description / Buy at
The Smallest Girl Ever (2002)Description / Buy at
The Boy Who Could Fly (2002)Description / Buy at
The Boy with the Magic Numbers (2003)Description / Buy at
Boy With The Lightning Feet (2006)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Tales from the Box Books

Boolar's Big Day Out (2003)Description / Buy at
The Countess's Calamity (2003)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of French Revolution Books

The Red Necklace (2007)Description / Buy at
The Silver Blade (2009)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Fairy Detective Agency: Wings & Co Books

Operation Bunny (2012)Description / Buy at
Three Pickled Herrings (2013)Description / Buy at
The Vanishing of Billy Buckle (2013)Description / Buy at
The Matchbox Mysteries (2014)Description / Buy at
The Flying Carpet Thief (2017)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Mr. Tiger, Betsy Books

Mr. Tiger, Betsy, and the Blue Moon (2018)Description / Buy at
Mr. Tiger, Betsy, and the Sea Dragon (2019)Description / Buy at
Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Golden Seahorse (2020)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Little Nut Tree (1993)Description / Buy at
I, Coriander (2005)Description / Buy at
Lucy Willow (2006)Description / Buy at
The Double Shadow (2011)Description / Buy at
Maggot Moon (2012)Description / Buy at
A Palace Full of Princesses (2012)Description / Buy at
Tinder (2013)Description / Buy at
The Door That Lead to Where (2015)Description / Buy at
My Side of the Diamond (2017)Description / Buy at
The Wind in the Wall (2018)Description / Buy at
Invisible In A Bright Light (2019)Description / Buy at
The Snow Song (2021)Description / Buy at
The Weather Woman (2022)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Picture Books

My Little Princess (1994)Description / Buy at
The Fairy Catalogue (2000)Description / Buy at
The Fairy Tale Catalog (2000)Description / Buy at
The Glass Heart (2001)Description / Buy at
Mama Don't Go Out Tonight (2002)Description / Buy at
Fairy Shopping (2003)Description / Buy at
The Button Book (With: Sally Nicholls) (2006)Description / Buy at
The Princess and the Pea (2011)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Chapter Books

Publication Order of Tindims Books

The Tindims of Rubbish Island (2020)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Sally Nicholls Children's Books

The Button Book (With: Sally Nicholls) (2006)Description / Buy at
Who Makes a Forest? (By: Sally Nicholls,Carolina Rabei) (2020)Description / Buy at
The Nose, Toes and Tummy Book (By: Sally Nicholls,Gosia Herba) (2023)Description / Buy at
Who Makes an Ocean? (By: Sally Nicholls,Carolina Rabei) (2023)Description / Buy at

If You Like Sally Gardner Books, You’ll Love…

Maggot Moon was the 2012 Costa Book Award winner. On the other side of the wall there is a dark secret that the Motherland doesn’t want anyone to know about. Standish Treadwell and his friend end up going to the other side of the wall after a lost football. Standish has different colored eyes and can’t read or write, but he sees things different than the others. Once on the other side of the wall, the boys see what the Motherland has been hiding and it is much bigger than they could’ve imagined.

The Door That Led to Where follows AJ Flynn who has just failed all of his exams and at seventeen his future is not looking so bright. He gets a lifeline when he is offered a junior clerk position at a London law firm and his whole life changes. At his new job, AJ finds a key with his birth date written on it. When he finds it, he finds a door to the past, 1830, to be exact. There him and his friends discover a crime that only they can solve.

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