Parents' Guide to

Fly by Night

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Clever but confusing story needs editing.

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age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

supposd to be confusing

awsome!! I loved it finally a writer who writes not for the masses!
age 10+
loved it, this book is fast paced and well worded, to understand it fully it might be best to read it twice as i did and enjoyed it both times. not the most thought provoking book ever but definitely good

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Frances Hardringe's fertile imagination fills this book with an abundance of complex, deeply thought-out, and at times just plain weird events and characters. Word-loving children will find much here to tickle their fancies.

But Hardringe falls prey to that familiar bugaboo of novice writers -- she tries to pack all her ideas into her first book, and apparently she didn't have an editor who told her to scale it back. The result is a mishmash that will lose many, if not most, young readers early on to boredom, confusion, or incomprehension. But there's tremendous talent here, shown in many real gems of originality and felicitous language. Let's hope that Hardringe gets an editor who will rein her in more sharply next time.

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