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Otto Hundebiss is tired of war, but when he defies Death he walks a dangerous path. A half beast half man gives him shoes and dice which will lead him deep into a web of dark magic and mystery. He meets the beautiful Safire - pure of heart and spirit, the scheming Mistress Jabber and the terrifying Lady of the Nail. He learns the powers of the tinderbox and the wolves whose master he becomes. But will all the riches in the world bring him the thing he most desires? Fairy tales are often the cruellest stories of all; in this exquisite novel Sally Gardner writes about great love and great loss.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 162 x 205 x 25mm | 639.99g
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's)
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. drawings by David Roberts
  • 1780621493
  • 9781780621494
  • 77,489

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Dazzling and haunting...a dark and deliciously macabre read with an unexpected twist The Best New Children's Books 2015 Fast-paced and gripping Stylist Profoundly beautiful and thought-provoking ... mesmeric ... ultimately, we are in the hands of a consummate storyteller who provides her readers with nothing less than a meditation on desire, maturation, reality and death. INIS Magazine Luminously written ... rich and rewarding Books For Keeps A dark but delightful read SFX Magazine Exquisite ... as dark and captivating as you would hope The Bookseller Profoundly beautiful Recommended Reads David Roberts' elegant illustrations are integral to the beautiful design ... A volume to treasure and re-read Financial Times Mesmeric ... another jewel in Gardner's crown The Times The natural elegance of Roberts' style marries perfectly with the supernatural elements of Gardner's powerful narrative -- by turns ghostly, tender, dramatic Books For Keeps Exquisite School Zone A dark dream -- an exploration of memory, grief, fear, lust and love. Gardner's delicate, eerie rendering lends it a new grace The Daily Telegraph Gardner's prose in Tinder is adventurous and hugely energetic ... Its a beauty The Guardian An exquisitely macabre fairy story for teenagers The Daily Telegraph A powerful blend of timeslip fantasy, science fiction and coming of age novel, its central theme is memory and the part it plays in constructing who we are. The School Librarian Sally Gardner has achieved yet another masterpiece, crafting an amazing story world on paper. GUARDIAN ONLINE a complex story with constantly changing plots. Some emotionally challenging, but, when all the connections are made, the reader is taken on an exciting, and fulfilling, journey. CAROUSEL Tinder explores addiction, passion, greed, love & psychological injuries of war. It is another jewel in Gardner's crown The Times Gardner follows up her Costa-Carnegie double with an exquisite reworking of The Tinderbox fairytale, as dark and captivating as you would hope. The Bookseller The Carnegie Medal-winning author has produced another astonishing tour de force and one that could not be more different from the dystopian Maggot Moon and yet is almost certainly bound for similar glory. Reading Zone David Roberts' elegant illustrations are integral to the beautiful design - almost every page is embellished. A volume to treasure and reread. Financial Times This luminously written story re-introduces all the erotic and macabre features of traditional fairy tales...in rich and rewarding writing. Books For Keeps Tinder is, as ever, with Ms Gardner's books, beautifully written, moving and engrossing, and for lovers of the dark and doom-ridden, it is well worth reading. The Bookbag ...Rich and rewarding writing, reminding readers never to take any fairy tales, ancient or modern, simple for granted. Books for Keeps Boys and girls will find something to love in its pages; all will be transfixed by its ancient charm. Telegraph.co.uk Expect more award nominations for this. Haverhill Echo, Newmarket Journal & Suffolk Free Press Tinder is just a whoosh of magic, beauty, and cruel, confident storytelling Domestic Sluttery Gardner's narrative is fast-paced and gripping, but most of all it manages to mix in witches, wolves and black magic, all the while being though provoking. Stylist She [Gardner] has noted and exploited, ingeniously and powerfully, the connection between The Tinderbox and the story of Prometheus, and this mythic underpinning gives her pell-mell fantasy both coherence and a satisfying richness... It's a beauty. The Guardian Sally has really worked magic on this old story, and it is fascinating and exciting, as well as creepy. You can barely put it down. Bookwitch Blog Her use of language is intensely visual as she evokes her sumptuous and macabre scenarios... Ultimately we are in the hands of a consummate storyteller. Inis Magazine Gardner's language is as simple and clear as a forest spring. Delicate images ('a moth's meal of a cloak') meet big coarse ones ('a spit-roasted sort of face') to create a tapestried, intricate landscape, full of mystery, grief, terror and seduction. Metro ...The truly breathtaking publication of this season is Sally Gardner's Tinder, a book that is both a dark, haunting fairytale with werewolves and treasures, but also a horrifying exploration of war and its impact on young men. The Herald Tinder retells Hans Christian Andersen's The Tinderbox as a dark dream- an exploration of memory, grief, fear, lust and love. Gardner's delicate, eerie rendering lends it a new grace... an extraordinary piece of older teen fiction, full of menace, excitement and beauty. This is one book that cannot be recommended highly enough -- John Millen Young Post, China Written primarily for young adults, the beautifully crafted narrative is one of those rare, haunting pieces of fiction that, as soon as you finish, you want to return to and read it again ... It's a love story, a tale of epic courage and endurance, a fairy tale with sorcery and secrets, and a ghost story. But at its hearts Tinder is about the true cost of war, the terrible damage it inflicts and the high personal price paid by those caught in its jaws. -- Eve Seymour Cheltenham Standardshow more

About Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies in the UK. Sally continues to be an avid spokesperson for dyslexia awareness, working to change the way it is perceived by society. She was recently awarded the CARNEGIE MEDAL and the COSTA BOOK AWARD. Visit her website at http://www.sallygardner.net, and follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TheSallyGardner and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SallyGardner.Author 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. His picture books IGGY PECK ARCHITECT and ROSIE REVERE ENGINEER are New York Times bestsellers. David lives in London.show more

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Wounded in battle Otto Hundebiss defies Death and finds himself on a journey to a realm of dark magic and mystery. . . He meets Safire, brave of heart and pure of spirit, and learns the powers of the tinderbox and the secrets of the wolves. Sally Gardner's Tinder is an exquisite fairy tale of cruelty and great beauty.show more

Review Text

Dazzling and haunting...a dark and deliciously macabre read with an unexpected twist The Best New Children's Books 2015show more

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