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Publisher's Summary

Fly by Night is the stunning debut novel from Frances Hardinge, author of the Costa Award-winning The Lie Tree.

As the realm struggles to maintain an uneasy peace after years of civil war and tyranny, a 12-year-old orphan called Mosca Mye and her loyal companion, a cantankerous goose, are about to become the unlikely heroes of a radical revolution. Mosca is on the run, heading for the city of Mandelion. There she finds herself living by her wits among cut-throat highwaymen, spies and smugglers. With peril at every turn, Mosca uncovers a dark plot to terrorise the people of Mandelion, and soon merry mayhem leads to murder.... 

Winner of the Branford Boase award, Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge has an unforgettable cast of characters and an inspiring message at its heart - sometimes the power of words can change the world.

Fly by Night is followed by its thrilling sequel, Twilight Robbery.

©2005 Frances Hardinge (P)2006 Recorded Books

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such a sweet story with great themes. I loved how it looked into the importance and strengths of words and thinking and the importance of governments to allow free independent thought.

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  • Cori Hart
  • 01-03-2021

Step into another world...

This is my second Frances Hardinge book. The first read was "A Face like Glass" It was a unique story with an amazing world that just drew you into it dispite its strangeness. Its why I decided to listen to another story and chose "Fly by Night". I was not disappointed! Again, another strange world with unique laws, rules, society, religion, politics & characters, but now in light of our countries obsessive focus on issues of politics, laws, religion, society and characters, the strangeness seemed much more familiar and ridiculous.
The story of Mosca Mai is unique on many levels and she is a worthy, if flawed Heroine that you can absolutely get behind because just like us, she is trying to understand where she fits in the society. If only we could all have an ally like Seracen, her slightly crazed goose, to fight some of our battels!
I am now an absolute fan of Frances Hardinage and will be jumping into some more adventerous worlds to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes. If you enjoy unique worldbuilding, characters who are slightly outrageous yet quite familiar to people you might know and how they find their way through the story, this is the author for you.
Enjoy!

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