Sally Gardner was branded 'unteachable' at school before being diagnosed with severe dyslexia when she was 12. Sally is now an avid spokesperson for dyslexia; she sees it a gift, not a disability, and is passionately trying to change how dyslexics are perceived by society.
Sally published her first book in 1993, beginning her illustrious career as a writer-illustrator to great international acclaim. THE COUNTESS'S CALAMITY won the Smarties Prize in 2003. Her first full-length novel, and a turning point in Sally's career, was I, CORIANDER which won the Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award in 2005. THE RED NECKLACE was shortlisted for the Guardian Book Prize in 2007, followed by the sequel, THE SILVER BLADE. THE DOUBLE SHADOW was hailed as 'an astonishing departure for a writer who has found a new and very distinctive voice'.
The first book in her new series for younger readers WINGS & CO: OPERATION BUNNY has just been published. Her books THE DOUBLE SHADOW and MAGGOT MOON have been longlisted for the 2013 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Sally lives in London.
Find out more about Sally at www.sallygardner.net