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Sky Chasers

The race is on to be the first to discover the secret of flight!

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


This book is suitable for readers between 8 and 12 years of age.

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. A rich and inspirational story based on the true story of the first hot air balloon flight over Paris in the eighteenth century; beautifully written by acclaimed author Emma Carroll from an original idea by Neal Jackson.

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.

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