Gardner and Lydia Corry introduce miniature eco-helpers
Fiona Kennedy, publisher at Zephyr, has signed a 5-8 series by Carnegie-winning author Sally Gardner and her daughter Lydia Corry. Zephyr has world rights through Catherine Clarke at Felicity Bryan Associates and Claire Cartey at Holroyde-Cartey, and will publish the first book in the series, The Tindims of Rubbish Island, in September 2020, with subsequent titles to follow in October 2020 and spring 2021.
The series, "with an empowering conservation message at its heart", is about a miniature race called the Tindims, the world's oldest recyclers. As plastic and other rubbish threatens to overwhelm them, the Tindims make contact with children for the first time.
Kennedy and Gardner worked together at Orion Children's, and more recently when Zephyr published Gardner's novel A Bright Light. Zephyr has also published Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror, illustrated by Corry.
Gardner said: "I am so excited about this new series and can't wait to introduce you to the Tindims of Rubbish Island. This is the first time that I have worked with my daughter, an artist and thinker, whose work I much admire."
Corry said: "As a mum to a young and inquisitive child, I feel the Tindims and their empowering message of conservation is so relevant to her and so important for all of us. I can't wait to work with my mum to bring this magical island and the adventures of the Tindims to life."
Kennedy said: "What a dream team to have these two super talents for a magical new series. With Sally and Lydia's combined skills, the Tindims will soon be enchanting everyone and inspiring young conservationists far and wide."
Photo of Sally Gardner by Lydia Corry