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Invisible In A Bright Light

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From I, Coriander to Invisible in a Bright Light, Sally Gardner's first middle grade novel in 14 years soars with the imagination of a master story-teller. A pitch-perfect story about a crystal chandelier that splinters into a thousand pieces, a girl abandoned as a baby on the steps of an opera house and a dangerous game called the Reckoning.

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 14th 2019 by Head of Zeus
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Whispering Stories
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Celeste is rudely awakened by a theatre worker shouting at her and telling her to get out of the costume basket. She is annoyed that the worker would have the audacity to shout at her and why is she in the basket?

Her day goes from bad to worse when people treat her like the lowest of the low and a worker, it’s not until she can’t find her mother and someone calls her by a different name then a vivid dream comes crashing back to her, including a dangerous gam
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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'Invisible in a Bright Light' by Sally Gardner is a beautifully packaged hardback, enticingly designed with colourful eye-catching images, flecked with touches of gold. It's a lovely book to hold in your hands and would make an even better present to give to someone.

I'm a big fan of Sally's writing and I was very excited about her latest middle-grade offering. The opening foreword made me think of The Phantom of the Opera with an incredible chandelier, situated in an Opera House and hints at fa
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BooksForTopics
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Phantom of the Opera meets Alice in Wonderland in prizewinning author Sally Gardner's first middle grade novel in 14 years.
Celeste is the lowest of theatre workers in the Royal Opera House - a mere orphan whose job it is to run errands for everybody else. One day, Celeste wakes up in a costume basket to realise that everyone else in the opera house seems to think she is somebody else - a talented young dancer preparing for a stage performance. Utterly confused, Celeste also remembers fragm
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Kirsty
Jul 28, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
This is beautifully written but my brain is too tired to do it justice. Will come back to it at some point
Christina Reid
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rich in time are the sick and injured, near drowning in long days of boredom, swimming in and out of sleep. Celeste tried to use these unchained hours to make sense of where she was: in an iron bed with linen sheets and ironed pillowcases.

For the first few days after the accident she felt that she was drifting on clouds, hanging on a thread between sky and sea. Her whole body was bandaged, white upon white. There was snow and only a short breath of day that was all too soon swallowed
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Gemma
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I was gifted a copy of this book, unsolicited, by the publisher in exchange for review.

When I received this in the post I read the synopsis and was instantly excited to read it. I loved the sound of the plot and I do enjoy a magical middle grade story which I hoped this was. Unfortunately I think this was a little bit of the wrong book at the wrong time for me. I picked this one up right after finishing Godsgrave as I thought I wanted something completely different but I was still in a bit of a
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Amy (Golden Books Girl)
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
In her latest novel, Sally Gardner expertly tells the story of a girl named Celeste, who is working in a theatre in a sort of parallel universe in order to try and win a very dangerous game called the Reckoning in order to return her to her normal life and the people she loves. It’s EXTREMELY hard to explain the plot of this book, basically, as you’ve likely gathered from that rambling attempt, but I promise it’s a really original and interesting concept, with great execution. I did find myself ...more
Anna
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Utterly and absolutely sublime!
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Sally Gardner grew up and still lives in London. Being dyslexic, she did not learn to read or write until she was fourteen and had been thrown out of several schools, labeled unteachable, and sent to a school for maladjusted children. Despite this, she gained a degree with highest honors at a leading London art college, followed by a scholarship to a theater school, and then went on to become a ve ...more