October 2, 2009

Fly By Night

Title: Fly By Night
Author: Frances Hardinge
Age Range: 9-12
Reviewer: Sequoia LeBreux

“When words take flight, heroes are born”

Twelve-year-old Mosca Mye hasent got much. Her cruel uncle keeps her locked up in his mill, and her only friend is a goose named Saracan, who’ll bite anything in his path.

Meet Eponymouse Clent “a poet and storyteller, a creator of ballads and sagas” or as Mosca puts it he “tells lies for money.” With Clent came the adventure Mosca had been waiting for.

Mosca LOVES words, hearing Clent walk into her little town called Chough using word like “mendacity and mellifluous”. Mosca didn’t know what they meant,” but the words made shapes in her mind. She memorized them, and stroked them in her thoughts like the curved backs of cats. Words, words, wonderful words.”

Dive into a world were coffee houses can float down the river and mere posters can send a city screaming. Were the word “Birdcatcher” can make people run and cower and white takes on a whole new meaning!

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