The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

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A mysterious gypsy boy, Yann Margoza, and his guardian, a dwarf, work for the magician Topolain in 1789. On the night of Topolain's death, Yann's life truly begins. That's when he meets Sido, an heiress with a horrible father. An attachment is born that will determine both their paths. Revolution is afoot in France, and Sido is being used as a pawn. Only Yann will dare to rescue her from a fearful villain named Count Kalliovski. It will take all of Yann's newly discovered talent to unravel the mysteries of Sido's past and his own and to fight the devilish count.

About Sally Gardner

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Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than one million copies in the UK.Her historical novel for older readers, I, Coriander, won the Smarties Children's Book Prize in 2005. Two thrillers both set at the time of the French Revolution, The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade , which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 2009, followed. Actor Dominic West (The Wire) has bought the film rights to both titles.Sally Gardner's stories for middle readers include Lucy Willow and the popular Magical Children series of six titles The Strongest Girl in the World, The Invisible Boy, The Boy with Magic Numbers, The Smallest Girl in the World, The Boy with the Lightning Feet, and The Boy who could Fly, which are also available as audio books.She has also written and illustrated picture books including The Fairy Catalogue, The Glass Heart, The book of Princesses and Playtime Rhymes.Her fourth novel, The Double Shadow will be published in November 2011.Sally Gardner continues to be an avid spokesperson for Dyslexia, working to change the way it is perceived by society. She is dyslexic and argues that it's not a disability, but a gift.
Published May 1, 2008 by Speak. 396 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, History, Travel, Romance, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although clearly reveling in the trappings of melodrama, Gardner keep tight control over this lush tale of magic, betrayal and Revolution.

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The Guardian

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The Red Necklace is set during the French Revolution, the first of two amazing and thrilling books.

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The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner 384pp, Orion, £9.99 Just as you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, it's perhaps also a little unfair to start out by praising the way the work has been produced and presented to the world, but in this case, the volume is so beautiful, so elegantly p...

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Necklace is completely self-contained and so full of twists and turns, double-crossings and thrills, that it doesn't really matter in what order you read the books, or whether you read one and leave the other one out all together.

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