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The award-winning author of The Lie Tree "has created a distinctly imaginative world full of engaging characters, robust humor, and true suspense" (School Library Journal, starred review).

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's father 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 and aunt, 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, Mosca begins to discover complicated truths about the world she inhabits and the power of words.

"Intricate plotting, well-developed and fascinating characters, delicious humor, and exquisite wordcraft envelop readers fully into this richly imagined world." ?The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

"Hardinge's stylish way with prose gives her sprawling debut fantasy a literate yet often silly tone that calls to mind Monty Python." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Mosca's ferocity and authentic inner turmoil [are] both reminiscent of Philip Pullman's Lyra Belacqua." ?Booklist

"Incredibly well written." ?The Seattle Times

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  • Print Length: 452 Pages

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