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Author

Frances Hardinge

Publisher

Pan Macmillan

Publication date

1st September 2006

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www.franceshardinge.com...

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ISBN

9780330418263

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Fly By Night

Frances Hardinge


Lovereading - -Year 7 (age 11-12)

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A World Book Day 'Recommended Read' for 2011. Winner of the Branford Boase prize, this may not at first seem an obvious choice for young teenagers to pick up and read but what is quite certain is that it is impossible to pigeonhole as it’s very different from anything they’ll have read before. 

In essence, it’s historical fiction based around a reimagined 18th century England and quite fantastical in its content.  The plot is wonderfully imaginative, the characterisation quite brilliant and the writing sublimely descriptive. 

It’s an adventure, vividly told that no one can fail to enjoy hugely as they are transported into another world.  I guess that’s why the judges of the Branford Boase debut Children’s award thought it a worthy winner.  It certainly doesn’t read like a debut.

 

If you enjoyed this then why not read Frances' second novel Gullstruck Island.

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Synopsis

Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge

As the realm struggles to maintain an uneasy peace after years of civil war and tyranny, a twelve-year-old orphan and her loyal companion, a grumpy goose, are about to become the unlikely heroes of a radical revolution. This is an adventure story, set in reimagined eighteenth-century England.


About The Author

Frances Hardinge spent a large part of her childhood in a huge old house that inspired her to write stories from an early age. She read English at Oxford University, then got a job at a software company. However, a few years later a persistent friend finally managed to bully Frances into sending a few chapters of FLY BY NIGHT, her first children's novel, to a publisher. Macmillan made her an immediate offer and she won the Branford Boase First Novel Award in 2006 with her debut, Fly By Night. Her subsequent novels, including Cuckoo Song and A Face like Glass are universally critically acclaimed and have been shortlisted for multiple awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. The Lie Tree,winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015 and the Sunday Times Children's Book of the Year 2015 is her seventh novel.

BookBrunch recently interviewed Frances Hardinge …

Hardinge is only the second children's author - after Philip Pullman - to win Book of the Year since the Costa (previously Whitbread) adopted this format in the mid-Eighties. "That's, of course, one of the reasons why I didn't think I'd get it," she says, with what is becoming known as trademark modesty.

"At first I just felt completely stunned, then I felt stunned, sleep-deprived, and as if somebody had attached me to a sort of media rollercoaster. Now, I'm working my way around to it sometimes actually sinking in. There's been a great deal of happiness throughout. On the occasions where it has sunk in, I have a tendency to giggle… I still can't really quite believe that this is actually happening!"

Click here to read the full and fascinating interview on BookBrunch.


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