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 Sky chasers
 Author: Carroll, Emma

 Publisher:  Scholastic (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 278 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 194533 ISBN: 9781338285277
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Thieves -- Fiction
 Hot air balloons -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Paris (France) -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

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. His family, the Montgolfiers, are desperate to be the first to discover the secret of flight. And Magpie has some ideas of her own. As the shadow of her thieving past looms over her, she'll realize that flight may be her only escape.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 504901
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.70
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 77077

   Kirkus Reviews (04/01/19)
   Booklist (03/01/20)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/01/2020 In the 1780s there was a race between the French and the English to get the first hot-air balloon in the air. The Montgolfier brothers, who in this book are modeled after the French ballooners in real life, have documents that Magpie, a thieving street urchin, is more than willing to steal from their home under the employ of a strange woman with plenty of coin. That is, until she becomes part of the brothers' household, gets to know them, and even helps in the development of their flying contraption. Sky Chasers is written entirely in from Magpie's first-person perspective of Magpie; she lacks a formal education but is street smart and will have readers rooting for her once she decides she wants to do right by the Montgolfiers. Carroll transports readers up, up, and away when the balloons take flight, with brilliant descriptions and lovely language. Today, the Montgolfiers' legacy is the fine art Canson paper and an induction into the international Air and Space Hall of Fame, but their story is still relatively unknown. This story is sure to get imaginations soaring. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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