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Twelve-year-old Mosca Mye hasn't got much. Her cruel uncle keeps her locked up in his mill, and her only friend is her pet goose, Saracen, who'll bite anything that crosses his path. But she does have one small, rare thing: the ability to read. She doesn't know it yet, but in a world where books are dangerous things, this gift will change her life.

Enter Eponymous Clent, a smooth-talking con man who seems to love words nearly as much as Mosca herself. Soon Mosca and Clent are living a life of deceit and danger — discovering secret societies, following shady characters onto floating coffeehouses, and entangling themselves with crazed dukes and double-crossing racketeers. It would be exactly the kind of tale Mosca has always longed to take part in, until she learns that her one true love — words — may be the death of her.

Fly by Night is astonishingly original, a grand feat of the imagination from a masterful new storyteller.

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"In a broken-down medieval kingdom where reading is forbidden, 12-year-old Mosca Mye is drawn to a traveling con artist who 'brought phrases as vivid and strange as spices, and he smiled as he spoke, as if tasting them.' Hardinge's stylish way with prose gives her sprawling debut fantasy a literate yet often silly tone that calls to mind Monty Python. Plucky Mosca rescues the con man — called Eponymous Clent — from the town stocks, accidentally burning down her uncle's mill in the process. Their journey unfolds against a wickedly complex political backdrop, a fragmented civilization largely run by guilds of locksmiths, boatmen and printers (the only ones allowed to decide which books will survive). Mosca and Clent find themselves embroiled in intrigue between the guilds, an entry point to a sly bit of allegory involving a secret printing press and 'dangerous' pamphleteers ('Truth is dangerous. It topples palaces and kills kings.... And yet there is one thing that is more dangerous than Truth. Those who would silence Truth's voice are more destructive by far,' a teacher reads aloud). Along with an infusion of high-camp fantasy, Hardinge firmly plants in the novel the heroine's serious love of reading, which informs nearly everything Mosca does ('I'd been hoarding words for years,' she says in an introspective moment, 'buying them from peddlers and carving them secretly into bits of bark so I wouldn't forget them'). And the setting is detailed and complex enough to inspire many sequels. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"In a broken-down medieval kingdom where reading is forbidden, 12-year-old Mosca Mye is drawn to a traveling con artist who 'brought phrases as vivid and strange as spices, and he smiled as he spoke, as if tasting them.' Hardinge's stylish way with prose gives her sprawling debut fantasy a literate yet often silly tone that calls to mind Monty Python. Plucky Mosca rescues the con man — called Eponymous Clent — from the town stocks, accidentally burning down her uncle's mill in the process. Their journey unfolds against a wickedly complex political backdrop, a fragmented civilization largely run by guilds of locksmiths, boatmen and printers (the only ones allowed to decide which books will survive). Mosca and Clent find themselves embroiled in intrigue between the guilds, an entry point to a sly bit of allegory involving a secret printing press and 'dangerous' pamphleteers ('Truth is dangerous. It topples palaces and kills kings.... And yet there is one thing that is more dangerous than Truth. Those who would silence Truth's voice are more destructive by far,' a teacher reads aloud). Along with an infusion of high-camp fantasy, Hardinge firmly plants in the novel the heroine's serious love of reading, which informs nearly everything Mosca does ('I'd been hoarding words for years,' she says in an introspective moment, 'buying them from peddlers and carving them secretly into bits of bark so I wouldn't forget them'). And the setting is detailed and complex enough to inspire many sequels. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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

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"Mosca is a curious heroine, rather like Philip Pullman's Lyra, a fierce black-eyed street survivor whose passion, quick-wittedness and intelligence are a power for change. Fly by Night is like delving into a box of sweets with a huge array of flavours." London Times Literary Supplement

Review:

"A stylish historical adventure...written with an assured touch. Original and inventive descriptions which paint a vivid picture of people and events. Undoubtedly one of the finest books of the year." Publishing News

Synopsis:

When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry, her sister seems scared of her, and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out. Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. In a quest to find the truth she must travel into the terrifying underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family—before it’s too late . . .

Set in England after World War I, this is a brilliantly creepy but ultimately loving story of the relationship between two sisters who have to band together against a world where nothing is as it seems.

Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Mosca Mye doesn't have much. Her cruel uncle keeps her locked up in his mill, and her only friend is her vicious pet goose. But she does have one small, rare thing: the ability to read. She doesn't know it yet, but this gift will change her life.

About the Author

Frances Hardinge spent her childhood rambling around in a huge, isolated old house in Kent that "wuthered" when the wind blew and that inspired her to write strange, magical stories from an early age. She studied English at Oxford University, where she was a founding member of a writer's workshop and won a magazine short-story competition. She recently returned from a yearlong round-the-world odyssey. Fly by Night is her first novel.

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Kirsten, August 17, 2006 (view all comments by Kirsten)
I picked this up mainly because it sounded interesting and because Garth Nix (a favorite YA author) praised it in such glowing terms in his cover blurb. Cover blurbs are a dangerous way to pick books, but in this case I picked a winner. Desperate to get out of town (and find some stories in the process), 12-year-old Mosca Mye throws in her lot with a con man named Eponymous Clent and takes off cross-country with Saracen the homicidal goose in tow. Mosca is unusual because her father taught her to read -- an unusual and potentially dangerous skill for anyone, let alone a girl. What follows is a fascinating adventure with loads of political intrigue that also manages to be laugh-out-loud funny. Harding has a way with words, and the names alone in this novel are enough to make me shout with glee. There are very few authors who even come close to filling Joan Aiken's shoes, but Mosca Mye is a heroine to rival Dido Twite.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060876272
Author:
Hardinge, Frances
Publisher:
Amulet Books
Author:
by Frances Hardinge
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20150512
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Children/juvenile
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
10-14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In a broken-down medieval kingdom where reading is forbidden, 12-year-old Mosca Mye is drawn to a traveling con artist who 'brought phrases as vivid and strange as spices, and he smiled as he spoke, as if tasting them.' Hardinge's stylish way with prose gives her sprawling debut fantasy a literate yet often silly tone that calls to mind Monty Python. Plucky Mosca rescues the con man — called Eponymous Clent — from the town stocks, accidentally burning down her uncle's mill in the process. Their journey unfolds against a wickedly complex political backdrop, a fragmented civilization largely run by guilds of locksmiths, boatmen and printers (the only ones allowed to decide which books will survive). Mosca and Clent find themselves embroiled in intrigue between the guilds, an entry point to a sly bit of allegory involving a secret printing press and 'dangerous' pamphleteers ('Truth is dangerous. It topples palaces and kills kings.... And yet there is one thing that is more dangerous than Truth. Those who would silence Truth's voice are more destructive by far,' a teacher reads aloud). Along with an infusion of high-camp fantasy, Hardinge firmly plants in the novel the heroine's serious love of reading, which informs nearly everything Mosca does ('I'd been hoarding words for years,' she says in an introspective moment, 'buying them from peddlers and carving them secretly into bits of bark so I wouldn't forget them'). And the setting is detailed and complex enough to inspire many sequels. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In a broken-down medieval kingdom where reading is forbidden, 12-year-old Mosca Mye is drawn to a traveling con artist who 'brought phrases as vivid and strange as spices, and he smiled as he spoke, as if tasting them.' Hardinge's stylish way with prose gives her sprawling debut fantasy a literate yet often silly tone that calls to mind Monty Python. Plucky Mosca rescues the con man — called Eponymous Clent — from the town stocks, accidentally burning down her uncle's mill in the process. Their journey unfolds against a wickedly complex political backdrop, a fragmented civilization largely run by guilds of locksmiths, boatmen and printers (the only ones allowed to decide which books will survive). Mosca and Clent find themselves embroiled in intrigue between the guilds, an entry point to a sly bit of allegory involving a secret printing press and 'dangerous' pamphleteers ('Truth is dangerous. It topples palaces and kills kings.... And yet there is one thing that is more dangerous than Truth. Those who would silence Truth's voice are more destructive by far,' a teacher reads aloud). Along with an infusion of high-camp fantasy, Hardinge firmly plants in the novel the heroine's serious love of reading, which informs nearly everything Mosca does ('I'd been hoarding words for years,' she says in an introspective moment, 'buying them from peddlers and carving them secretly into bits of bark so I wouldn't forget them'). And the setting is detailed and complex enough to inspire many sequels. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A rollicking read to be savored." (London)
"Review" by , "Mosca is a curious heroine, rather like Philip Pullman's Lyra, a fierce black-eyed street survivor whose passion, quick-wittedness and intelligence are a power for change. Fly by Night is like delving into a box of sweets with a huge array of flavours."
"Review" by , "A stylish historical adventure...written with an assured touch. Original and inventive descriptions which paint a vivid picture of people and events. Undoubtedly one of the finest books of the year."
"Synopsis" by ,
When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry, her sister seems scared of her, and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out. Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. In a quest to find the truth she must travel into the terrifying underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family—before it’s too late . . .

Set in England after World War I, this is a brilliantly creepy but ultimately loving story of the relationship between two sisters who have to band together against a world where nothing is as it seems.

"Synopsis" by , Twelve-year-old Mosca Mye doesn't have much. Her cruel uncle keeps her locked up in his mill, and her only friend is her vicious pet goose. But she does have one small, rare thing: the ability to read. She doesn't know it yet, but this gift will change her life.

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