fly trap

Summary:

Mosca Mye, an orphan, and Saracen, her (not so very nice) goose, are setting up shop in Toll. Mandelion (her home town) has closed its gates to Mosca and her companion Eponymous Clent, who fancies himself a wordsmith, because of their involvement in a revolution there. Together or apart, they are continually running cons. Things are not right in Toll either. Together Mosca and Clent, who is part mentor part scoundrel, uncover a nefarious, evil plot against both Toll and Mandelion. Given their history of scams, will anyone believe what they say?

Educational Themes:

Because of its significance later in the story, older readers may enjoy drawing their own maps of Toll and Mandelion.

Reading Level:
7.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
12 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is not a book-made-for-movie style of writing. There is a lot of imagination and detail, and you won't know if it works for your reader until you try.
Parent Reaction:

Think Dickens crossed with early Harry Potter: descriptive, detailed, and long (580+ pages). If you like Charles Dickens or enjoy reading longer books like Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, you'll enjoy Fly Trap. This is the sequel to Fly by Night, but I didn't find it hard to get into the story jumping in at Book 2. Although there is a finite set of characters, this is not easy to read. Sentences are long and the humor is dry. All that said, Fly Trap has its moments and makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. Mosca is an interesting character and Saracen is hilarious.

Pros:

Detailed descriptions and a diverse cast of characters make for a vivid, fun adventure.

Cons:

This is not a quick read, and although there is plenty going on, it is not an action-adventure.


Title Fly Trap
About
Author Frances Hardinge
Publisher HarperCollins © 2011
ISBN 9780060880446
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Adventure, Fantasy, Growing Up
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