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March 2012 Book of the Month.
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Book Prize 2011.
Award winning Frances Hardinge’s first novel Fly By Night starred Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent. Now they are back for a thrilling new adventure in the city of Toll, a magical place which no one can enter or leave without paying a price. With an inventive cast of remarkable characters, a city which has a life of its own and a lot of trickery and treachery, this is a hugely entertaining roller coaster of a fantasy that picks up threads from previous stories while creating a magic of its own.
Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent are in trouble again. Escaping disaster by the skin of their teeth, they find refuge in Toll, the strange gateway town where visitors may neither enter nor leave without paying a price. By day, the city is well-mannered and orderly; by night, it's the haunt of rogues and villains. Wherever there's a plot, there's sure to be treachery, and wherever there's treachery, there's sure to be trouble - and where there's trouble, Clent, Mosca and the web-footed apocalypse Saracen can't be far behind. But as past deeds catch up with them and old enemies appear, it looks as if this time there's no way out ...
'.. characters are richly described and colourful, the action vivid and breathtaking .. A suspenseful tale with an inspiring and unlikely heroine, it raised hairs on the back of my neck.' Brynnie Rafe, 10, one of the winners of the Guardian Young Critics' Prize 2011.
'This excellent book feels fast-paced, and there is a lot of action in its 500 pages. But in fact the reader soon becomes aware that Ms Hardinge is having a lot of fun playing with language, as descriptions, wry asides and colourful examples of thieves' cant cram the pages. This makes reading the book a rich and satisfying experience, and we look forward impatiently to further accounts of Mosca's adventures.' The Bookbag
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||1st March 2012|
|Publisher:||Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners|
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 ...More About Frances Hardinge
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