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    • ISBN:9781780621500
    • Publication date:07 Nov 2013


By Sally Gardner
Illustrated by David Roberts

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  • £7.99

A young soldier, a captive princess, witches, wolves and Death walk hand in hand in COSTA AWARD winner Sally Gardner's exquisitely written novel inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, THE TINDERBOX, illustrated by David Roberts. Now in paperback for the first time.

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.

Biographical Notes

Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than 1 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 has won the CARNEGIE MEDAL and the COSTA BOOK AWARD.

Visit her website at, and follow her on Twitter @TheSallyGardner and Facebook at

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. Visit his website at

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  • ISBN: 9781780621487
  • Publication date: 01 Oct 2015
  • Page count: 352
  • Imprint: Orion Children's Books
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