Our October chapter book of the month is Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner.
Emily Vole makes headline news in the first weeks of her life, when she is found in an abandoned hatbox in Stansted Airport.
Then, only a few years later, her neighbour Mrs String dies leaving Emily a mysterious inheritance: an old shop, a small bunch of golden keys and a cat called Fidget. It's the beginning of an adventure of a lifetime as the old Fairy Detective Agency comes back to life.
It is up to Emily to reopen the shop, and recall the fairies to duty. Together they must embark on their first mystery and do battle with their great fairy-snatching enemy, Harpella.
Welcome to the completely crazy, seriously silly, magnificently magical, totally mysterious, utterly bonkers, drastically dramatic adventures of Emily Vole. (And Fidget, the talking cat.)
Read the first chapter
Want to find out a little more about the book? Just click below to read the first chapter of Operation Bunny.
About the author
Sally Gardner trained at art college and went on to work in the theatre, winning awards for her costume designs for some notable productions. After her twin daughters and her son were born she started to illustrate children's books, and then turned to writing. She lives in north London.
Visit Sally's website at www.sallygardner.net
David Roberts is a hugely successful illustrator who has illustrated books by Philip Ardagh, Julia Donaldson, Jacqueline Wilson and Chris Priestley. He's also the creator of Dirty Bertie. David lives in London.
Q&A with Sally Gardner
Sally is severely dyslexic, and actually changed her name from Sarah because she found it impossible to spell. Undiagnosed and underperforming, she was expelled from school and pushed from pillar to post, ending up at a school for maladjusted children and classed as 'unteachable'. When left to her own devices at the age of 14, she taught herself to read, starting with Wuthering Heights.
Sally’s story is one of triumph over adversity – a beacon of hope to dyslexic children everywhere. Sally now works with Dyslexia organisations, has been interviewed with the national press and talks to children up and down the country about seeing dyslexia as a gift, not a curse. Indeed, she attributes her distinctive style to dyslexia and the way it enables her to see and describe things in an unusual way. Sally wants to bring the dyslexic community to find a new word for the condition ('we can’t spell it!') so that they can empower themselves and own their differences with pride.
Sally’s recently been nominated for Dyslexia Action's IT’S ME! Award 2012, which celebrates those in the public eye who encourage others not to let their dyslexia hold them back.
National Dyslexia awareness week runs from 8-12 October this year and on Friday 12 October at 1pm Sally will also be talking about her own experiences of living with dyslexia, or you can ask your questions in advance.
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