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 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 Londons Sunday Times.
is her first book for older readers. Her stories for middle readers include Lucy Willow and the popular Magical Children series, The Strongest Girl in the World, The Invisible Boy, The Boy with Magic Numbers, The Smallest Girl in the World, The Boy with the Lightning Feet, and The Boy Who Could Fly. She has also written and illustrated picture books including The Fairy Catalogue, The Glass Heart, The book of Princesses and Playtime Rhymes.
This biography was last updated on 07/06/2011.
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