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Fly By Night - Francis Hardinge (2005)

Spritely children's fantasy, squarely in the tradition of Joan Aiken's Dido Twite, channelling the 18th Century through lively prose. Black-eyed orphan Mosca Mye meets Eponymous Clench, con-man and spy, and the two adventure through a vividly-realised landscape to a higly satisfactory conclusion. I loved the prose, which made me laugh out loud, and read choice passages aloud to Brian at intervals. I don't suppose I'll read it again, but I will certainly read more Hardinge, and it's going on my shelves in the hopes that Daughter will find it in due course.

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fjm
28th Feb, 2010 18:12 (UTC)
The audio book is fantastic. And you *must* read it again. There is so much in there that I keep spotting more each time.
dev_iant
1st Mar, 2010 06:39 (UTC)
I bought it for C, on the strength of reviews, in the hope that she would read it. Still sitting there, unfortunately, as it was one that was bought for her rather than chosen by herself (not that she's ever disliked anything I bought for her, but you know teenagers). Think I'll pinch it first.
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