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Fly Trap
ISBN: 9780060880460
Author: Hardinge, Frances
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Published: October 2012
Retail: $7.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Adventurous orphan Mosca Mye, her savage goose, Saracen, and their sometimes-loyal companion, Eponymous Clent, become embroiled in the intrigues of Toll, a town that changes entirely as day turns to night.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 1.50" H x 150.00" L x 5.00" W
Bargain Category: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Geography, Middle School, Science Fiction, Upper Elementary
Grade level(s): 5th, 6th, 7th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent (Fly by Night) find themselves in Toll, a curious town with separate societies--one diurnal, the other nocturnal. Hardinge's labyrinthine plotting includes villains old and new, kidnappings, double-crosses, and numerous reversals of fortune. Leisurely pacing allows the author to plant various clues and red herrings, flesh out characters, and bring the setting vividly to life. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #3)
With prodigious talent and fertile imagination, Hardinge returns to the world of her first novel, Fly by Night, for a satisfying sequel. Three months have passed since the strange affairs in the city of Mandelion. With con-man companion Eponymous Clent now in debtor's prison, young Mosca Mye tries to finagle his release. Eventually, the duo find themselves in Toll, a curious town with separate societies -- one diurnal, the other nocturnal -- and a strategic location that provides the sole bridge across an otherwise uncrossable river. The labyrinthine plotting, a Hardinge trademark, includes a couple of old villains, several new ones, no less than four kidnappings, a handful of double crosses, and numerous reversals of fortune. The leisurely pacing allows Hardinge to plant various clues and red herrings, flesh out the elaborate cast of characters, revel in language and wordplay, and bring the setting (vaguely reminiscent of Europe during the early modern era) vividly to life -- all with a Dickensian flair. Hours of sustained pleasure reading await the patient reader. jonathan hunt Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 April #1)

In this exciting sequel to Fly by Night (2006), Hardinge's feisty heroine, Mosca Mye; her con-man companion, Eponymous Clent; and her fierce goose, Saracen, are on the run from the city of Mandelion, where they've helped foment a revolution. They become trapped in the wealthy town of Toll, and Mosca is soon exiled to Toll-by-Night, the very different and dangerous place that the town transforms into after dark. Meanwhile, she and her companions must deal with a complex plot to kidnap the Mayor's universally loved daughter, Beamabeth, while avoiding the dangerous Goshawk, ruler of the deadly Locksmiths, who wants her dead for her activities in Mandelion. Crammed with eccentric, Dickensian characters, unexpected plot turns, and numerous very niche gods and goddesses (such as Goodlady Emberleather, She Who Prevents the Meat from Becoming Chewy and Unwholesome, or Goodman Belubble, He Who Snuffs the Last Candle Before Sleep), Hardinge's world is rich enough to fuel two or three fantasy novels. It's a beautifully written tale, by turns humorous and heartbreaking and a sheer pleasure to read. Ages 10–up. (June)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 June)

Gr 5–9—Independent orphan Mosca Mye; the con man Eponymous Clent; and Mosca's violent goose, Saracen, are back in this sequel to Fly by Night (HarperCollins, 2006). The trio is trying to find a new home after being forced to leave Mandelion at the end of their first adventure, and their travels bring them to Toll, where they need to raise funds to leave the city and cross its bridge. They quickly become involved in the local intrigue, which juxtaposes Toll's innocent daytime appearance with its alter ego, Toll-by-Night. Mosca's world features a variety of divinities, each ruling over a brief period of time each year, and Toll's residents are fated to be part of the day or night cities depending on when they were born. At the center of many plots is the beautiful daughter of Toll's mayor, and her kidnapping leads to danger and encounters with the threatening and dangerous Locksmiths. When Mosca is exiled to Toll-by-Night, she needs to find allies and put together the pieces to locate the missing Beamabeth, defeat the Locksmiths, and change the future of Toll itself. Hardinge has once again created an intricate world, and she uses the town's dual nature to focus on people's perceptions of others. Mosca's spirit and heart bring the story together and make her actions totally believable. Fly Trap's action and drama are balanced with humor, often presented through the flamboyant Clent and Saracen, as well as through the names and duties of the divinities. This is another high-quality, thought-provoking fantastic adventure that will keep readers' interest in spite of its length.—Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI

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