Reading Invisible in a Bright Light took me back to two moments in my life. First, a trip to Copenhagen in 2018 with some of my closest friends and my other half. Then, to the books I never had but wish had existed.
You see, I feel like middle grade books are on a completely different level to those 15+ years ago. And I think it’s fab. Who better to inspire a new set of avid readers and writers than wonderful story tellers?
I was very lucky to be able to join Zephyr Books’ blog tour for Sally Gardner’s Invisible in a Bright Light. It’s one that you cannot miss.
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Invisible in a Bright Light by Zephyr Books in exchange for an honest review. This post may contain affiliate links for which I will earn a commission, at no extra cost to you, should you purchase something.
Title: Invisible in a Bright Light
Author: Sally Gardner
Page count: 336
The stage is set, take your seats…
In the freezing city of C-, a chandelier shaped like a galleon, lit with 750 candles, is revealed in memory of a ship and its passengers who vanished without a trace.
As it falls from its place in the ceiling, Celeste and her ghostly companion find themselves in “the gutter of Time”. Playing a game called The Reckoning, they must face the man in the emerald suit to save those sleeping in the Cave of Dreamers.
Wow – where to even start?
Let’s just take a second to appreciate that cover. The physical copy has shiny gold bits all over it and is made of a beautiful thick and textured paper. Stunning.
The writing is wonderful. The language would probably push some of the younger audiences of middle grade writing, depending on their ability, but it’s a beautiful display of rich world building and creative prose.
I seem to be getting lucky with my reads recently – this one is another story that I’ve never come across before!
A ghost ship, alternative universes and playing with time are always going to lead to a brilliant story and I adored the ways in which the other time thread played with role reversal. There are fantastic messages around privilege, death and overcoming adversity that are relatable to any who read this.
The opening is beautifully written, but I don’t think I fully understood what was going on until roughly 50 pages in. It’s a great way to convey the emotions of Celeste, the main character, but it does detract from the beginning of the story a little.
Not enough, however, to put me off the book! I adored reading Invisible in a Bright Light. If the job of a middle grade author is to engage kids in exciting and wonderful story telling as early as possible, I’m delighted that this book is around to help further that message.
If you’re looking for a book that’s a little bit spooky, a little bit funny and a whole lot of wonderful, look no further!