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A is for Arson


Twelve-year-old Mosca Mye hasn't got much. Her cruel uncle keeps her locked up in his mill, and her only friend is her pet goose, Saracen, who'll bite anything that crosses his path. But she does have one small, rare thing: the ability to read. She doesn't know it yet, but in a world where books are dangerous things, this gift will change her life.

Enter Eponymous Clent, a smooth-talking con man who seems to love words nearly as much as Mosca herself. Soon Mosca and Clent are living a life of deceit and danger—discovering secret societies, following shady characters onto floating coffeehouses, and entangling themselves with crazed dukes and double-crossing racketeers. It would be exactly the kind of tale Mosca has always longed to take part in, until she learns that her one true love—words—may be the death of her.

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"A wonderful and wondrous novel. Frances Hardinge has joined the company of writers whose books I will always seek out and read."
Garth Nix

"A rollicking read to be savored."
Bookseller (London)

"A stylish historical adventure … written with an assured touch. Original and inventive descriptions which paint a vivid picture of people and events. Undoubtedly one of the finest books of the year."
Publishing News

"Mosca is a curious heroine, rather like Philip Pullman’s Lyra, a fierce black-eyed street survivor whose passion, quick-wittedness and intelligence are a power for change. Fly by Night is like delving into a box of sweets with a huge array of flavours."
London Times Literary Supplement

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