Sky Chasers

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'Sky Chasers' is a wonderful adventure story, set against the backdrop of France at the time of Louis XVI. A colourful cast of characters- human and animal- tell the story of the Montgolfier family and their race to be the first to fly a hot air balloon. Magpie- a pickpocket- and her rooster find themselves caught up in their world, all the way to Versailles and the King and Queen of France.

Magpie is a delightful, lively, brave and intelligent character who, despite all the circumstances stacked against her, is determined to do the ‘right thing’ and shows great loyalty to those around her. Her enquiring mind and determination to help allow the reader to see the development of the invention through its successes and set backs through her eyes. Each character from the family to the servants and even the King and Queen of France is well developed and engaging, such is Emma Carroll’s skill.

The story is quite beautifully told and moves along at a pleasing pace, full of excitement and action. There is something for everyone to enjoy in these pages as the complexities of family relationships sit amid the historical details and scientific discoveries. Adventure and excitement make this a rich tale based on a true story, just perfect for a class read!

Sky Chasers by Emma Carroll from a prize winning idea by Neal Jackson

Chicken House      ISBN: 978-1910655535