I, Coriander by Sally Gardner

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Coriander Hobie, born in 1643, has a remarkable tale to tell—the tale of a childhood touched by unexplained bits of wonder, but too soon marked by tragedy. After her beloved mother dies and her father is forced to flee London, Coriander is left at the mercy of a stepmother full of cruelty. In the very nick of time, Coriander finds that she has somehow managed to transport herself to a land of fairies, and there she discovers what she has always suspected: that her mother was from a more magical world than grimy old London. And that she herself has inherited some of her mother’s mysterious abilities—abilities that she now has a desperate need to master.

Be prepared to be swept away by atmospheric writing that casts a lasting spell. Sally Gardner’s prose is exquisitely beautiful and her story and characters enthralling. She has written a rare and glorious book.


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Sally Gardner is an award-winning author. As a student, she was branded ?un-teachable? and expelled from various schools, until she was eventually diagnosed at the age of twelve as being severely dyslexic. She is now an avid spokesperson for dyslexia. ?Dyslexia is like a Rubik's Cube, ? she says. ?It takes time to work out how to deal with it, but once you do, it can be the most wonderful gift.? Sally Gardner lives in London.
Published January 1, 2005 by Orion. 288 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She writes by the light of seven candles, one for each section, and in her gentle voice tells of the sudden death of her mother, whose silver shadow is kept in a box, and her father’s quick remarriage to a piggy Puritan named Maud, as vicious to Coriander as she is to her own daughter, Hester.

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The Bookbag

Summary: A patchy book combining historical fiction and fantasy.

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But she soon discovers there is much more to this whole Cinderella story than she had realized -- her mother came from another world, and Maud and Arise are being manipulated by an evil queen from that world who wants a magical item Coriander's mother left behind.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Growing up in the 1643 England of Oliver Cromwell, Coriander Hobie resides in a comfortable house on the Thames.

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