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Frances Hardinge Books In Order

Publication Order of Fly by Night Books

Fly by Night (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Twilight Robbery aka Fly Trap (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Verdigris Deep aka Well Witched (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gullstruck Island aka The Lost Conspiracy (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Face Like Glass (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cuckoo Song (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lie Tree (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Skinful of Shadows (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

If you consider Frances Hardinge’s case, then you will deduce that some authors write merely for self-satisfaction and not necessarily to be published. Why, Hardinge would have possibly remained in obscurity were it not for a friendly author who showcased her work to a publishing house against Hardinge’s better judgement.

Basically, Frances Hardinge is a British woman of letters. Hardinge, who is a quadragenarian, was born in 1973 and her birthplace is Brighton upon England. Hardinge, who aspired to be a writer she was aged four, is an alumna of the prestigious Oxford University. For her undergraduate education, Hardinge pursued English studies at the said institution wherein she co-founded a writing group.

Frances Hardinge’s upbringing had a fundamental influence on her writing style. Her formative years were especially spent living in a large and old country house, located in a diminutive Kent village. The far-flung house and the spooky environment which surrounded it provided her with the picture-perfect backdrop when she started penning mystic stories.

Frances Hardinge, who previously worked in a software company, has been writing since she was aged six. However, she took writing seriously hard on the heels of emerging the winner in a short story writing contest. Frances has a penchant for not only dark clothes and black hats, but also a soft spot for old-fashioned trends. A friend and fellow writer named Rhiannon Lassiter, who also writes juvenile literature, took her first manuscript on the sly and give it to an editor. It was the gateway to Hardinge’s literary stardom.

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Frances Hardinge debuted in mid-2000s. Hardinge’s debut book has over thirty editions and the first edition was originally published in 2005, titled Fly by Night and based in the 18th century England. Incidentally, it was initially a standalone novel but has since been expounded into a series– it is presently a duology. The series of books is shelved under the fiction, fantasy, young adult, adventure, juvenile literature (aimed at middle grade children), mystery, and dystopian literature genres.

Mosca Mye is the featured central character in the Fly by Night series. Meet Mosca Mye. For starters, the name Mosca was inspired by the term musca domestica which in scientific terms, is the binomial name of the common housefly. As such, Mosca is a derivation of musca. This can be explained by the fact that Mosca Mye’s late father, who was called Quillam Mye, was a book lover, historian and doubled up as a philosopher.

Mosca Mye, who has since been orphaned, is merely aged twelve. There are many adjectives befitting Mye; the young heroine is obstinate, short-tempered, intelligent, daring, open-minded, lonesome, inquisitive, precocious, callous, literate, easy to like, somewhat clumsy, and has a tough demeanor. Above all, Mye is a bibliophile and keeps a goose, called Saracen, as a pet. Education, and book knowledge in particular, is frowned up by the community wherein Mye hails from. This is based on the fact that the villagers torched her exiled father’s book collection shortly after his death.

Fortunately for Mye, his father, whom she stayed with until she was aged eight, taught the girl how to read. Unfortunately for Mosca Mye, she is mistreated by her aunt and uncle whom she has been living with after her father passed away. For instance, she is held up in the mill, owned by her aunt and uncle, wherein she has been working as a bookkeeper.

The turning point in the first book in the Fly by Night series, Fly by Night, is a seemingly arson attack, albeit unintentional. Mosca Mye unintentionally sets the family-owned mill on fire and purposely flees up Eponymous Clent, a swindler and wordsmith-cum-spy at the premises. She bolts after realizing that she will be rapped on the knuckles for her actions. Mye tags along behind Kent to where life is in the fast lane, resulting in a captivating and gratifying multi-award-winning book.

Frances Hardinge Awards
Author Frances Hardinge has either clinched or been nominated for a laundry list of literary awards. For instance, in 2006, she clinched the Branford Boase Award, courtesy of her debut book Fly by Night. In 2011, she was shortlisted for the Guardian Award, by virtue of her 2011 book titled Twilight Robbery. In 2012, she was also shortlisted for the Kitschies and nominated for the Carnegie Medal, because of her 2012 book entitled A Face Like Glass.

In 2015, Frances Hardinge was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal courtesy of her 2014 book titled Cuckoo Song. It won the British Fantasy Awards, in the Best Fantasy Novel category. The said book has also been nominated for James Herbert Award, British Science Fiction Association Award (Best Novel), The Magnolia Award, and Milwaukee County Teen Book Award.

Frances Hardinge’s 2015 book, titled The Lie Tree, clinched the Costa Book Awards, in the Children’s category. Similarly, the book bagged the Costa Book Awards, in the Book of the Year category. It also clinched the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, in the Fiction category.

Best Frances Hardinge Books
The following are the best books Frances Hardinge’s bibliography, based on winning or being nominated for notable awards. The first one is Fly by Night, and has already been mentioned. The second one is called The Lie Tree. Protagonist Faith’s parent, who is a reverend and naturalist, dies mysteriously. Faith is trying to solve the murder mystery when she chances upon an odd tree whose fruits reveal the truth to the consumer. The third one is called Cuckoo Song. Hereby, protagonist Tress recovers from a bizarre accident and realizes that she is amnesiac. Worse still, she can ably communicate with objects such as dolls. She is unsure if she is on the cusp of insanity or the accident activated an awakening.

Other Books You May Like
Readers who liked books authored by Frances Hardinge also liked the following series of books. The first one is entitled Alex and the Ironic Gentleman, a series authored by Adrienne Kress. This features ten-year-old protagonist Alex Morningside; this duology revolves around dragons and Chinese pirates. The second is entitled Flora Trilogy series and is penned by Ysabeau S. Wilce. Flora Fyrdraaca is the featured protagonist in this trilogy; Fyrdraaca is attempting to use magic to find her identity and trace her missing mother who was hitherto presumed dead.

The third one is entitled Kat, Incorrigible series and is authored by Stephanie Burgis. Kat Stephenson is the featured protagonist; she uses her magical skills to outwit foes and restore sanity in a home bedeviled by social problems.

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