Sky Chasers (Hardcover)

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When the thief girl, Magpie, attempts to rob a house she gets caught up in the race to build the first hot air balloon.  She, her friend Pierre and their pets (a duck and a rooster) must face the threats of American competitors and spies. This book will keep you on your toes with lots of surprises.  I was inspired to do research where I discovered that this book is based on the actual events in history.

— From Sawyer, Age 9


The race is on to be the first to discover the secret of flight! Magpie is soon caught up in a world of science, spies, and unruly animals to be the first to passenger in a hot air balloon.

Yesterday, Magpie was one of the best thieves in all of France. But an encounter with a boy dangling from the sky will change her life forever. And even though it ends in disaster, Magpie becomes enthralled by the idea of flying over the rooftops of Paris like the dangling boy: Pierre.

His family, the Montgolfiers, are desperate to be the first to discover the secret of flight. And Magpie has ideas, but she also has secrets. Together with Pierre, she'll need to help the Montgolfiers accomplish their dream before her past gets the best of them all.

In a test of bravery, imagination, science, and friendship--Magpie, Pierre, and their pet birds are in a race against time to get the Montgolfier's in the air before the King and Queen. It'll take two children, a chicken, a duck, and a sheep to help them find the answers. But others, too, are determined to discover the Montgolfiers' invention...

About the Author

Emma Carroll is the acclaimed UK author of Frost Hollow Hall, The Girl Who Walked On Air, and In Darkling Wood. Sky Chasers is her first novel for Chicken House. Her second novel, The Girl Who Walked On Air, is set in a Victorian circus and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2015. Letters From The Lighthouse, chosen as Waterstones Book of the Month for May 2017, is Emma's sixth novel. She lives in the Somerset hills with
her husband and two terriers.

Praise For…

Praise for Sky Chasers:

"With Carroll as pilot we are taken on an original, thrilling journey with a wonderful view of early aeronautics ... Carroll, an unstoppable, natural storyteller, lets her imagination take off." -- The Times (UK)

"Soaring flight and the power of friendship are to the fore in this gripping historical adventure." -- The Guardian (UK)

"This engaging story is full of heart and adventure ... The novel is based on history, and the role of the animals in the Montgolfier story is especially well handled, with all three animal aeronauts becoming vivid characters in the story. Reading this story may well encourage children to find out more about the historical events." -- BookTrust (UK)

"Sky Chasers by [Emma Carroll] is wonderful. Full of adventure ... I loved it." -- Lisa Thompson, author of Goldfish Boy
Product Details
ISBN: 9781338285277
ISBN-10: 1338285270
Publisher: Chicken House
Publication Date: June 25th, 2019
Pages: 288