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ISBN13: 9780060531829
ISBN10: 0060531827
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Sailing toward dawn, and I was perched atop the crow's nest, being the ship's eyes. We were two nights out of Sydney, and there'd been no weather to speak of so far. I was keeping watch on a dark stack of nimbus clouds off to the northwest, but we were leaving it far behind, and it looked to be smooth going all the way back to Lionsgate City. Like riding a cloud. . . .

Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city. It is the life Matt's always wanted; convinced he's lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist's granddaughter that he realizes that the man's ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious.

In a swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, author of the best-selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined world in which the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by the humans who sail the skies.

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KENNETH OPPEL is the Governor General’s Award–winning author of Airborn and the Silverwing series, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. Kenneth Oppel lives in Toronto with his wife and their three children. Visit his website at <>.

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Beverly B, March 2, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Airborn is a re-imagined high seas pirate, adventure, survival story transformed into a part fantasy, part science fiction story. And it is wonderful. Matt Cruse has always dreamed of working on one of the luxury dirigible (blimp) cruise ships that travel the skies. Matt, his shipmates, and the passengers on the airship, contend with pirate attacks, deadly storms, being stranded on an uncharted island, cruel villains, and giant sky creatures. Although Airborn is a formulaic fantasy adventure, it also has well developed interesting characters, strong science elements and gripping descriptions of the settings and conflicts. An entertaining and well crafted read.
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Brightfire_Dragon011, May 28, 2006 (view all comments by Brightfire_Dragon011)
One of the best books I ever read!
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Oppel, Kenneth
by Kenneth Oppel
Woods, Stuart
Action & Adventure
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Action & Adventure - General
Fantasy & Magic
Mystery & Detective - General
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
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6.76x5.00x1.26 in. .61 lbs.
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