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The Wind in the Wall

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  7 reviews
'I have no idea how long I have been incarcerated in these ancient walls . . . Let me explain how I find myself in this predicament . . .'Set in the hot houses of a stately home in eighteenth century England, a gardener falls from grace when the Duke sets him the impossible task of growing prize pineapples fit to show off in high society.The gardener's star falls further w ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 26th 2019 by Hot Key Books
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Vee
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I found this one at the library and seeing how short it was, decided to plonk myself down on a bean bag and read the whole thing. Growing up on Grimm and Andersen, I'm a sucker for stories like these, the creepier and more melancholic the better. The Wind In The Wall has that old feel of those stories, while creating something entirely new.

The story lends itself to surrealism with it's slightly bizarre tale of pineapple growing, a mysterious birdcage and an un
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Sabrina
I've enjoyed everything I've read from Sally Gardner, and Rovina Cai is one of my favourite illustrators, so obviously I had to pick this one up!

There is a very strong fairytale feel to this book, made all the more atmospheric by Cai's stunning artwork. The narrator recounts the events leading up to his incarceration within the garden walls, and the way it unfolded was unexpected and rather chilling. The writing style is lovely as usual - perhaps more an adult's picture book than aimed towards c

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I _teach_muggles
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Wind in the Wall is a dark, moody and mysterious, fairy-tale from award-winning author Sally Gardner. As the words on the back cover warn, “Be careful what you wish for…”

Told from the perspective of the ‘prisoner’, he recounts how he has come to find himself trapped within the walls. There was a time when the man was a gardener to the Duke of Northumberland, they bonded over a shared love of the amaryllis. But then the pineapple appeared on the English mainland and so began a battle to produ
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Fanni Sütő
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sally Gardner is always one step away from become my new favourite writer...
She has beautiful prose and the dark fairy tale quality I love in my books, she grabs me by the hand and sores with me to the sky... and then in the end lets me go and watches me crash...
I was left very unsatisfied with the end of this book and I almost rage-3starred it, but it wouldn't do justice to the illustrations and the 80% of the book I really liked.
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Sean Harding
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: gardner-sally
Quite a strange picture book, interesting, and somewhat thought provoking, nicely illustrated, it was certainly at the stranger end of picture books, and I'm not really sire what the audience it is being written for, it feels too old for young children, even though my library had it in the junior section.
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Emily Foster
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this book quite difficult to read due to the language and found myself re reading parts of it. However I think this is a really good book to read with children as it has a lot of language and vocabulary they wouldn’t meet usually. The story and illustrations are very engaging although the cliffhanger style end left me feeling a little bit disappointed.
Hanna Greene
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book and beautifully illustrated. The ending leaves children room to imagine what could happen if there were a book two.
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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

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