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Fly By Night

Written by Frances Hardinge

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4

LoveReading View on Fly By Night

12+ years. Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2006.

Fly By Night is a wholly original fantasy peopled with a cast of unusual characters whose adventures unravel at a breathtaking pace. Mosca runs away from home with a manic goose called Saracen who can cause untold harm to her enemies and a tricky charlatan glorifying in the name of Eponymous Clent, having ‘accidentally’ set fire to her hated uncle’s barn. Hounded as a criminal, she ricochets through a series of adventures meeting a huge cast of untrustworthy companions and getting involved in a bizarre espionage plot. Trying to unscramble any truths makes Mosca’s story an exhilarating quest. ~ Julia Eccleshare

 

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

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Fly By Night Synopsis

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.

Fly By Night Press Reviews

Intricate plotting, well-developed and fascinating characters, delicious humor, and exquisite worldcraft envelop readers fully into this richly imagined world. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

Incredibly well written. -- Seattle Times

A rich and intensive tale. One to keep an eye on. -- Publishing News

A rollicking read to be savored. -- Bookseller (London)

A wonderful and wondrous novel. Frances Hardinge has joined the company of writers whose books I will always seek out and read. -  Garth Nix

A rollicking read to be savored. -- Bookseller (London)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780330418263
Publication date: 1st September 2006
Author: Frances Hardinge
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

About Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge spent a large part of her childhood in a huge old house that inspired her to write strange 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. The book went on to publish to huge critical acclaim and win the Branford Boase First Novel Award. She has since written many highly acclaimed children's ...

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