Sally Gardner is a multi-award-winning novelist whose work has been translated into more than twenty-two languages. She writes books for children of all ages from seven up. Sally was born in Birmingham and grew up in Gray’s Inn in central London.
Her novel Maggot Moon (2012) won both the Costa Children's Book Prize and the Carnegie Medal 2013, awarded by the UK’s librarians. It’s the story of a dyslexic teenager, Standish, who lives in a dystopian version of 1950s England, and who must find a way to bring down the oppressive forces of the ‘Motherland’. It was described by children’s writer Meg Rosoff as ‘a perfect book’.
Sally's genre-defying novel The Double Shadow (2011), for older teenagers, received great critical acclaim and was also longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2013. In the novel, a girl tries to free herself from the terrifying double shadow of her childhood and forge her own future, but she is trapped in a memory machine created by her father.
Sally also won the 2005 Nestle Children's Book Prize for her debut novel I, Coriander (2005); a fantasy novel set half in 17th Century Puritan England, and half in a magical fairy world. Sally has recently released her fourth book in the popular Wings and Co. Fairy Detective Agency Series for 7- 11 year olds, entitled The Matchbox Mysteries (2014), as well as her latest Young Adult fiction novel, The Door That Lead to Where (2015). In The Door That Lead to Where, a young boy who has just failed his GCSEs is offered a job at a law firm, which turns out to be much more life changing than even he could have guessed.
Sally lives in London.