Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for a middle-grade children’s book called Invisible In A Bright Light By Sally Gardner, and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Thank you very much to Jade from Zephyr for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Zephyr for the review copy.
Genre: Middle grade Children’s Fiction
Release date: 17 10 2019
Price*: Kindle £5.03 (GBP)/ Hardback £7.91 (GBP)
Kindle $6.48 (USD)/ Hardback $14.22 (USD)
Free on Kindle Unlimited!
Pages: ~ 320
My rating: 8/10
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What I learned from this book: I learned about friendship, support and bravery.
Description of the book: 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.
It is 1870: opening night at the Royal Opera House in a freezing city by the sea, where a huge, crystal chandelier in the shape of a galleon sparkles magically with the light of 750 candles.
Celeste, a theatre rat, wakes up in a costume basket from what she hopes is a bad dream, to find that everyone at the theatre where she works thinks she is someone else.
When the chandelier falls, she is haunted by a strange girl who claims to know Celeste’s past and why she must risk playing a game called the Reckoning to try to save the people she loves.
How this book made me feel: I absolutely loved the cover of this book, it is very artistic and looks truly stunning. The story inside is gripping nevertheless.
This story is told from multiple perspectives and the protagonist of this book should be Celeste, a girl who wakes up in a basket as someone else, a girl called Maria. Celeste is very confused about who is this Maria, and why she is living her life. Even though this book tells Celeste’s journey, for me, the true protagonist of this book is Hildegard, a young girl, who was abused and bullied by her self centred mother. This whole story is kind of about her. That is the beauty of this book, the characters are so closely connected and entwined, that it makes this book a one beautiful and complex work of art.
I have to admit, this book was quite hard to read sometimes. Even though the plot is great and absorbing, the writing style felt quite jumpy and chaotic, and that made this book a little difficult to understand sometimes. I have to admit, if I would read it as a child, it would not make sense to me, but reading it as an adult, I truly learned how to enjoy it to the fullest. The author discussed very important topics in this book, such as emotional and physical abuse against children, lack of confidence in children, loss, friendship, self-obsession, and many more. The plot was quite layered, sometimes it is a ghost story, sometimes an adventure and it is filled with plenty of magic as well, all these changes in the atmosphere kept me entertained throughout the pages. 🙂
This book has a truly magical setting. It is set in the theatre of a mysterious city of C- and the whole novel feels very artistic and indulging. I could feel from the way it was written, that the author knew theatre and the way it works very well, her personal experience was shining through the pages of this book. The chapters of this book are quite short, and it was a quick read for me. The ending of the book was very surprising, but rounded the story very nicely, and left me, as a reader, very satisfied.
So, to conclude, this middle-grade children’s book was not the easiest of reads, but it has a great variety of very closely connected characters, that give this book a lot of richness, magic, and inspirational power. The plot of this book filled me with many emotions, I was angry, sad, surprised, intrigued and never bored. I think this novel is great not only for children but for parents as well. I truly hope that you will give this book a go, and hope you will like it as much as I did. Enjoy!
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: 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, labelled unteachable, and sent to a school for maladjusted children. Despite this, she gained a degree with highest honours at a leading London art college, followed by a scholarship to a theatre school, and then went on to become a very successful costume designer, working on some notable productions.
After the births of twin daughters and a son, she started first to illustrate and then to write picture books and chapter books, usually with fairytale- or otherwise magical subject matter. She has been called ‘an idiosyncratic genius’ by London’s Sunday Times.
Website: http://www.sallygardner.net/ / Twitter: @TheSallyGardner
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