Fly By Night

Fly By Night

eBook - 2017
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Everybody knew that books were dangerous. Read the wrong book, it was said, and the words crawled around your brain on black legs and drove you mad, wicked mad. Mosca Mye was born at a time sacred to Goodman Palpitattle, He Who Keeps Flies out of Jams and Butterchurns, which is why her father insisted on naming her after the housefly. He also insisted on teaching her to read-even in a world where books are dangerous, regulated things. Eight years later, Quillam Mye died, leaving behind an orphaned daughter with an inauspicious name and an all-consuming hunger for words. Trapped for years in the care of her cruel Uncle Westerly and Aunt Briony, Mosca leaps at the opportunity for escape, though it comes in the form of sneaky swindler Eponymous Clent. As she travels the land with Clent and her pet goose, Saracen, Mosca begins to discover complicated truths about the world she inhabits and the power of words.
Publisher: [United States] : Abrams : Made available through hoopla, 2017
ISBN: 9781683350798
1683350790
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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IndyPL_SteveB Jun 19, 2019

Wonderful book! 12-year-old Mosca lives in a former kingdom, now fractured into many pieces after civil war. All books except “approved texts” have been banned, and most books were burned. In rebellion against her narrow-minded aunt and uncle, Mosca escapes her village with a dangerously violent goose and a very reluctant mentor, the con-man-on-the-run Eponymous Clent. Mosca discovers several factions trying to control the major city of Mandelion. There are an insane Duke and his powerful sister, several local guilds, a gang of bandits, a group of intellectual rebels, and hidden forces waiting for the inevitable chaos. Eventually, Mosca ends up as a spy for each.

The story is wildly complicated, with many big laughs but also violence and serious musings about the power of books and words. One of the best things is that you don’t know which characters are the heroes and which are the villains. Mostly the characters themselves don’t even know if they are good or bad. Hardinge knows how to use words like a paintbrush to delineate scenes and characters, and her use of metaphor is startlingly creative.

(Reading level is 6th grade up; but like many books, it will be enjoyed by adults as well).

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green_pig_629
Apr 09, 2019

This was super boring. I suppose it was rather realistic but boring all the same.

And what was with all the tobbaco? I don't think a twelve-year-old should have a pipe.

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AlieGrace
Aug 25, 2016

A great children's adventure novel for either boys or girls. Fly By Night teaches a little bit of history and politics without being overbearing and the story is exciting and surprising. I highly recommend this to any kid with an adventurous spirit or a love for reading since it is on the long side and one of its main plot points concerns printed material and its value.

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mbssmith
Jan 11, 2013

Wow, this book had so many plot twists. I loved all the names in the book. What a strong main character!

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ACatNamedTofu
Jul 15, 2012

Funny and well written--political intrigue, so many words, and the greatest goose ever.

Fleurdesel Aug 05, 2011

Funny British fantasy.

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Je_Reve
Dec 07, 2009

Fun to read. A little political drama mixed with a determined girl with love for words. Beautifully written.

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AlieGrace
Aug 25, 2016

AlieGrace thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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ychi
Jun 24, 2014

"Clent answered her flashing gaze with a look of utter shock. Behind his eyes stars were falling."

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