Synopses & Reviews
Twelve-year-old Mosca Mye hasn't got much. Her parents are dead, her cruel uncle keeps her locked away, and her only friend is her pet goose. But she does have one small, rare thing: the ability to read. In a world where books are dangerous things, this gift will change her life—but it may also be the death of her.
“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)
“Incredibly well written.” Seattle Times
“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 & #8217;s Books (starred review)
“A rich and intensive tale. One to keep an eye on.” Publishing News
About the Author
Frances Hardinge spent her childhood in a huge, isolated old house in a small, strange village, and the two things inspired her to write strange, magical stories from an early age. She studied English at Oxford University and was bullied by a persis-tent friend into letting a publisher read the opening chapters of Fly By night, her first novel, an astonishing literary debut and work of the imagination that was short-listed for the Guardian Award. She lives in Oxford, England.