Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge
  

Fly By Night

Written by Frances Hardinge

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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.

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)

About the Author

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 novels including, Fly By Night's sequel, Twilight Robbery, as well as the Carnegie shortlisted Cuckoo Song and the Costa Book of the Year winner, The Lie Tree.

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Paperback

Author

Frances Hardinge
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Author's Website

www.franceshardinge.com/

Publisher

Pan Macmillan

Publication date

1st September 2006

ISBN

9780330418263

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