Sky Chasers


From the moment Magpie is carried aloft into the air, she is captivated. Suddenly there is meaning to her rooster-scratching life. Yet that moment is accidental and follows her ill-fated theft of the home of the sky chasing Montgolfier family. Magpie realises her identity must remain hidden, yet her energies become diverted into the race of hot air balloon flight.

It seems there’s friendship and alliance such as she’s never known, through this family. What’s more, Pierre, the boy who inspires her with his flying antics, is a Montgolfier. He’s determined that his family will fly before the King and Queen of France before any other. Then again, Magpie has the same ambition…

Emma Carroll is the Queen of children’s historical fiction. In every title, which Bookwagon is proud to sell, she has convinced the reader of the authenticity of setting, purpose and character. ‘Skychasers‘ in its Auvergne Rhône-Alpes’ location amid the pomp of Louis XVI’s reign, offers the sensations of frenzy, suspicion and diversity of the age.

Winner of the Teach Primary Book Award; shortlisted for the Young Quills Award; nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Award 


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Sky Chasers

Emma Carroll

From a prize-winning idea by Neal Jackson

(Chicken House)

Gold coins are Magpie’s lure when she agrees to thieve a box from a home by midnight. There is no thought of Sky Chasers… However, her theft introduces her to the cut-throat, race for her life world of the Montgolfier family. Against all odds, Magpie’s  needed in the quest.  It’s all quite exceptional, extraordinary and- out of this world? Surely a sleight of hand, live by the wits girl should not be involved in such daring ventures! This is the stuff of kings and great thinkers, isn’t it? It seems the King’s involved, for he’s set the challenge. However there is subterfuge and uncertainty which makes the whole enterprise risky. There is nobody to step in and protect Magpie. However, her friendship with Pierre is forged over their shared need to fly. While Magpie is prepared for the acrobatics and drama, it seems Pierre’s ideas are more technological, grounded in observation and mathematics. However both are determined to be the first to fly before the King and Queen of France. Then, one of them has a secret that she cannot reveal…
Yet again, Emma Carroll takes us soaring into another age, another time, another daring adventure. Like The Somerset Tsunami, for example, Sky Chasers is a romping historical read. Bookwagon loves and recommends this title.


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