A born storyteller, Oxford graduate and short-story competition winner Frances Hardinge makes her debut with this imaginative book for children. In the fractured realm, in a damp, backward village named Chough, there lives an unusual 12-year-old girl named Mosca. What makes her so unusual? Well, she has a feisty pet goose named Saracen, but that's not nearly as strange as the fact that she can read. This makes people deeply suspicious of her, as books are known to be extremely dangerous things.