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Frances Hardinge

Biography

Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge is the acclaimed author of FLY BY NIGHT and WELL WITCHED. She spent her childhood in Kent, England, in a huge, isolated old house in a small, strange village, and from an early age she wrote stories filled with magic and vivid characters. She studied at Oxford University, where she was a founding member of a writers' workshop.

Frances Hardinge

Books by Frances Hardinge

by Frances Hardinge - Fantasy, Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult 13+
One evening, Ryan and his friends steal some coins from a well. Soon after, strange things begin to happen. Peculiar burn marks appear on Ryan’s knuckles and light bulbs mysteriously explode. Then the well witch appears, with her fountains for eyes and gargled demands. From now on the kids who’ve stolen from her must serve her --- and the wishes rotting at the bottom of her well.
by Frances Hardinge - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent are at it again. Escaping disaster by the skin of their teeth, they find refuge in Toll, a strange gateway town where visitors may neither enter nor leave without paying a price. By day, the city is well-mannered and orderly; by night, it’s host to rogues and villains. Wherever there’s a plot, there’s sure to be treachery, and wherever there’s treachery, there’s sure to be trouble --- and where there’s trouble, well, Clent, Mosca, and Saracen can’t be far behind. But as past deeds catch up with them and old enemies appear, this time, it seems as if there’s no way out.

by Frances Hardinge - Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Young Adult 12+

Kate is an illegitimate daughter of the aristocratic Fellmotte family, and as such, she shares their unique hereditary gift: the capacity to be possessed by ghosts. Reluctant to accept her appointed destiny as vessel for a coterie of her ancestors, she escapes. As she flees the pursuing Fellmottes across war-torn England, she accumulates a motley crew of her own allies, including outcasts, misfits, criminals and one extremely angry dead bear.

by Frances Hardinge - Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction

In the underground city of Caverna, the world’s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare --- wines that remove memories, cheeses that make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. Neverfell's expressions are as varied and dynamic as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, except hers are entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed...

by Frances Hardinge - Fantasy, Historical Thriller, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

 To most people, Faith is reliable, dull, trustworthy --- a proper young lady who knows her place as inferior to men. But inside, Faith is full of questions and she cannot resist mysteries: an unattended envelope, an unlocked door. She knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing. She knows that her family moved to  Vane because her famous scientist father was fleeing a reputation-destroying scandal. And she knows that her father was murdered. In pursuit of justice and revenge, Faith hunts through her father’s possessions and discovers a strange tree. The tree bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, delivers a hidden truth. The tree might hold the key to her father’s murder --- or it may lure the murderer directly to Faith herself.

by Frances Hardinge - Fiction, Horror, Young Adult 12+

When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry, her sister seems scared of her and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out. Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. In a quest to find the truth she must travel into the terrifying underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family—before it’s too late...

by Frances Hardinge
Mosca Mye was born on a day sacred to Goodman Palpitattle. Eight years later, Quillam Mye has 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 Westerly and Aunt Briony, 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, Saracen, Mosca begins to discover complicated truths about the world she inhabits and the power of words.