Category: Children & Teen Fiction / General
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 4 August 2005
Number of pages: 144
Prizes: Winner of Nestle Children's Book Prize: Age 9-11 2005.
Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Children's Book of the Year 2006.
Shortlisted for Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award: Children's 2007.
Interest Age: From 9 To 12
A novel set in 17th-century London, and in the fairy world.
What the papers say:
'...I absolutely loved it. Sally has a fresh and very individual voice and a great story to tell. Coriander will remain in my head for ever; she's very real and her strength to go on whatever life throws at her makes her a classic heroine. There's a strong sense of time too - and a piece of our history that is not too often written about' -- Wendy Cooling 'Part fairy tale, part historical novel, I, Coriander is a spellbinding novel with an enchanting heroine - I loved it' -- George Hanratty PUBLISHING NEWS '...stunning tale. ...The author evokes an aura of mystery and enchantment from the very first chapter. ...Seamlessly meshing fact and fantasy, the author composes a suspenseful masterpiece that will have audience members gladly suspending their disbelief' -- Sharyn November PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (US) '...combines fairy-tale elements with reality. ...Coriander is given an ending to please the most romantically-inclined reader. This is a beautifully produced book, with a traditional charm' -- Linda Newbery TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT '..Sally Gardner is one of our most successful authors ... an extraordinarily beautiful and gripping tale, but what astonishes is Gardner's prose ...This is a classic new novel by an author who has written a rich fairytale for our times' -- Amanda Craig TIMES '..Recommended reading' FUNDAY TIMES '...a tale of accelerated growing up, a drama of suffering and fear, loyalty and first love, all played out against a background of rich period detail. It is also the story of the growing pains of a nation - Britain - that went through its own fundamentalist phase' -- Nicolette Jones SUNDAY TIMES '...spellbinding story... The author weaves an enchanted path between a magical, dangerous fairyland and the even more sinister real world... Readers will find themselves desparately caring about Coriander's fate' -- Philip Daws & Margaret Niewiadomska HAVERHILL ECHO '...blends accurate historical detail with magic. ...a narrative with a really fresh voice... this novel can be said to be enchanting' -- Jennifer Taylor CHILDREN'S BOOKSELLER (AUG 05) 'A glorious, beautifully written novel... This story entranced me from page one and didn't let me go until the last sentence' -- Julian Exposito BOOKSELLER CHILDREN'S BUYER'S GUIDE: HIGHLIGHTS '...richly written, highly visual and full of accurate historical detail, but most importantly it tells the story of a strong young woman who will overcome whatever life throws at her.' -- Wendy Cooling CHILD EDUCATION MAGAZINE 'From the first the story is gripping and the evocation of the times as vivid as Pepys' diary... it is with a real sense of loss that the reader reaches the end of the tale... Strikingly original and richly textured... a very special book indeed.' -- Barbara Sherrard-Smith SCHOOL LIBRARIAN 'heartrending' -- Julia Eccleshare LOOK AT A BOOK (The Guardian) 'Deft and dulcet language, a cast of supporters... and the tie to a grim historical season will hold readers fast.' KIRKUS REVIEWS '[readers] will reap rewards from Gardner's conjuring of both turbulent 17th Century London and the shimmering mysteries of fairyland' -- Jennifer Mattson BOOKLIST 'captivating... you fall in love with her sensitive yet resolute character within five minutes of the start.' THE INDEPENDENT 'a winner... a wonderful mixture of history, adventure, romance and magic.' BOOKS FOR KEEPS 'one of the most original and unforgettable stories of 2005' CAROUSEL 'A very unusual, poetic tale' -- Rosalind Kerven THE NORTHERN ECHO 'original and enigmatic' -- Juliet Towsend THE SPECTATOR 'I, Coriander tells the troubled, half-magical stroy of a girl living at the time of Cromwell. Flitting between two worlds, this is a truly original work, richly detailing and emotionally compelling.' -- Nick Tucker THE INDEPENDENT 9.12.06 'This hybrid of historical fiction and fairytale is sure to be a hit with a wide audience. The rich descriptions and adventurous plot, as well as hints of romance and danger, will appeal to enthusiasts of a variety of genres.' -- Beth Morrissey INIS (CHILDREN'S BOOKS IRELAND) Winter 05 'Sally Gardner convincingly turned herself from an illustrator who wrote into a novelist with her magical debut I, Coriander. Combining a classic fairy tale storyline with a beautifully described historical backdrop, she produced a wonderful book.' -- Graham Marks PUBLISHING NEWS 16.12.05 'a beautifully written tale of suspense and intrigue.' -- Nancy Castaldo HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW 'The characters were really believable... Anyone who likes history or is interested in this period would enjoy this story.' -- Carriona Paterson (Portobello High) TEEN TITLES 'Brilliant descriptions, powerfully evoking the sounds and smells of London in the period and superbly drawn characters combine with a delicately constructed plot to make this book a real pleasure.' GOOD BOOK GUIDE
Sally Gardner was an award-winning costume designer for the theatre before realising her ambition of writing and illustrating children's books which she now does full-time. She lives in North London with her three children.
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