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AIRBORN

by Kenneth Oppel

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | July 28, 2008 | Mass Market Paperbound

AIRBORN is rated 4.8108 out of 5 by 37.

Enter a past in which airplanes have never been invented, giant airships rule the skies and the glittering skyscrapers of Lionsgate City, Canada''s greatest metropolis, rise near the Pacificus Ocean. When Matt Cruse, cabin boy on the luxury airship Aurora, fearlessly performs a dramatic rescue to save an old man from his damaged hot air balloon, he doesn''t know what events he''s setting in motion. Will he and the balloonist''s fiery granddaughter, Kate de Vries, be able to solve the mystery of impossible flying creatures seen among the clouds? And will they figure it out before pirates and shipwreck end their voyage forever?
    Winner of the Governor General''s Award for Children''s Literature and many other national and international honours, Kenneth Oppel''s tale of aerial adventure has fired the imaginations of readers around the world. An instant classic!

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7.2 × 5.1 × 1.1 in

Published: July 28, 2008

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554682819

ISBN - 13: 9781554682812

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! This book was very good .I loved how the main character goes on an adventure facing a series of events and discover's a new type of animal species with Kate. Matt is a very Determined Character who has the determination to discover new things and Be the captain of his fathers ship instead of his Enemy/soon to be friend- Bruce.Pirates Invade the ship And Together, Himself, Kate And Bruce try to work together to get off the island that they are stuck on. This book is very descriptive and filled with adventure so you can imagine as if you were in the book playing the role of the character.
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Word: Incredible Kenneth Oppel has spun a yarn that yet again exceeds my expectations! Airborn was the first book I read that Kenneth Oppel wrote and I have to say, it left me craving for more of his fantastic literature. For me, Airborn has magical qualities and holds a special place in my heart because of Kenneth's ability to blend a heap of adventure, breath-taking suspense and a pinch of romance all into an amazing story: Matt Cruse is the cabin boy of the Aurora, the 900-foot luxury airship he has called home for the past two years. While crossing the Pacificus, he fearlessly rescues the unconcious pilot of a crippled hot air balloon. Before he dies, the balloonist tells Matt about the fantastic, impossible creatures he has seen flying through the clouds. Matt dismisses the story as the ravings of a dying man, but when Kate de Vries arrives on the Aurora a year later, determined to prove the story true, Matt finds himself caught up in her quest. Then one night over the middle of the ocean, deadly air pirates board the Aurora. Far from any hope of rescue, Kate and Matt are flung into adventures beyond all imagining . . . Airborn is currently available in these editions and prices Original Hardcover: Unavailable Trade Paperback: Unavailable Mass Market Paperbound: $9.99 Audio Book: $45.00
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great book by Oppel It was weird going back and reading the first book in this trilogy after reading the third novel, but it was well worth it. In this story, set in an alternative world where airplanes were never developed and airships still rule the skies, Kenneth Oppel has created an amazing world, full of adventure and wonder. The story focuses around a trip from Lions Gate to Australia aboard the ship Aurora. Young Matt Cruse and Miss Kate de Vries meet on this journey. In this story we have pirate attacks, ship wreck, an uncharted island, undiscovered species and much, much more. With amazing characters and plot twists I could not put the book down. It is a great read and another awesome book by Mr. Oppel.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic tale about a page turning adventure of survival Fantastic page tuner. The story is about the adventure of a cabin boy of a luxgurious air ship(Matt) and a ballonists daughter(Kate). Together they try to find the mistrious animal that Kates grandfather talked to matt aqbout before he died. They find he perfect oppurtunity to do so when a typoon and a pirate shi[p ring them down to the island where these creaturs hover above.Also the location of the pirates' headquarters. They were about to set sail to civilization after the ship was repaired but they were suddenly attacked by the pirate gang. Together Kate and Matt defeat them and ster the ship to safety.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Actually, Not that Bad I've read the sequel book, Skybreaker, and I have found this book to be a bit boring. All the starter books of a series are a bit dull to be honest. Harry Potter was. But anyway, this book was ok. Wish there was a little more action in it though. Skybreaker has action on every page. Where in this book it was mostly talking, and learning. Although I found it not so good, the rest of you might think of it differently. I recommend this book anyway. Have a great read!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new adventure- a new world... To tell you the truth, I was a little hesitant to pick up Airborn. I had seen it on the shelves in bookstores for a while now, but the cover did not appeal to me; I thought it looked like a guy's sort of "fast car chase mystery detective" novel. I was wrong, and I am so glad I was! 'Airborn' is an amazing new story set in a fascinating world that is familiar to us, yet mysterious and different. A science fiction with a dash of fantasy, this book makes for a wonderful read. Kenneth Oppel introduces us to this world and the characters slowly; like your watching a someone woodcarving, and though for some books this may be a drawback, Oppel does it correctly. The reader becomes so well acquainted with the story and the heroes, its as if we are reading our OWN story. Though I usually hate the style of writing this book is written in, Oppel yet again does it correctly, and I love it here. It is very tricky to write in the first person, but he has mastered it beautifully! Once the action picks up, all the little details that were mentioned before fall into place in your head. Soon the adventure becomes quite fast-paced with many things happening at once, yet it is easy to keep track of everything, as the story has been well-grounded. I highly recommend this book, and I cannot wait to read the second installment!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book! The book Airborn by Kenneth Oppel was great! It’s about Matt and Kate going on an adventure in the sky. I liked the way Kenneth Oppel described what the cloud cat looked like. This book is very interesting and very adventurous. I would really recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure books. Michael
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rip-Roaring, Rollicking Nautical Adventure of the Air Matt Cruse works as a cabin boy on the airship Aurora. His father, before him, worked and died on this ship and Matt himself was born on an airship. Sailing is in his blood and he feels he was born to be in the air. He befriends a girl passenger who is making her first air voyage to prove the existence of strange air creatures that her recently deceased grandfather was thought to have imagined. While making a routine voyage with a full load of passenger's and cargo they are attacked and boarded by pirates. This is the beginning of Matt and Kate's deadly adventures. I loved this book! There is not one single thing that did not appeal to me. Set in an alternate earth similar to the Victorian era only instead of sailing the seas their ships sail the skies. This is a rip-roaring, rollicking good nautical adventure that takes place in the air. Strange creatures, air pirates, shipwreck and desert islands, it is all here. A strong female character with an equally strong male character will appeal to both boys and girls. As per usual with Oppel the death scenes can bit on the gory side and this is definitely a YA book. Both an absorbing plot and wonderfully in-depth character development, along with a fully developed alternate world make this a page-turning adventure. Highly recommended. I can't wait to read the next book!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG AMAZING this was easly one of my favorite book every!!!!! i cant even start to explain it. My grad 7 teacher recommended it to the class and since i likes fantasy i thuoght i would pick it up and try to read it. i started it friday night and finushed saturday at 4 in the morning!!! i could not put it down was easly one of the best fantasy novels of its year and it sequel was ealsy as good! am still hoping a third one will be coming out soon. im keeping my fingers crossed. so to end i recomment this book 10,000% you will not regret reading this amazing fun, suspense,romatic,thrilling novel!!!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME! Airborn is an absoulute must read. It was the type of book that you couldn't put down, a very exciting adventure story, also a good cliff-hanger. You just keep turning the page. It leads you to want to read Skybreaker and you definitly should. Two must reads my Kenneth Oppel.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Adventure! Although I was not a fan of Oppel's Silverwing Trilogy, I fell in love with this book! The adventure is great and fast-paced and I love the past that Oppel has created. The heroes are belivable and keep you cheering until the end
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Awesome Read The winner of the 2004 Governor General's Award for Children's Text, Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, is a great science fiction read with a twist. Instead of going into the future, this young adult novel takes place in an imaginary past. The story’s characters are on the airship cruise liner, Aurora. Matt Cruse, a teenaged cabin boy recounts pirates robbing the luxury airship leaving them short of hydrium gas, the airship’s fuel. Thereafter its passengers and crew end up grounded on an uncharted island. Kate de Vries, a chaperoned passenger goes off exploring. Matt, feeling more than an obligation tags along helping Kate fulfill what she considers her “duty to science.” On their third exploration, the pirates capture them; ingeniously they escape, but soon find that these pirates have taken over Aurora. Kate and Matt must save the airship, or else the rest of the world will deem Aurora, as being lost at sea and they will never to get to unveil their discovery.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating read! The winner of the 2004 Governor General's Award for Children's Text, Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, is a great science fiction read with a twist. Instead of going into the future, this young adult novel takes place in a fictional past. The story’s characters are on the airship cruise liner, Aurora. Matt Cruse, a teenaged cabin boy recounts pirates robbing the luxury airship leaving them short of hydrium gas, the airship’s fuel. Thereafter its passengers and crew end up grounded on an uncharted island. Kate de Vries, a chaperoned passenger goes off exploring. Matt, feeling more than an obligation, tags along helping Kate fulfill what she considers her “duty to science.” On their third exploration, the pirates capture them; ingeniously they escape, but soon find that these pirates have taken over Aurora. Kate and Matt must save the airship, or else the rest of the world will deem Aurora, as being lost at sea and they will never to get to unveil their discovery.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Stellar Book! After hearing this book being read on the radio, I had to buy it. I couldn't put it down when I first read it... the main plot was amazing and I loved the subplots as well. Oppel knows how to use descriptive words to their full potential - I could see the book in my head as I read it. Also, all of the characters were well developed and it was a blast getting to know each and every one of them. Oppel knows the secrets to making character human - the baddies weren't completely evil, and the good guys had their negitive traits. Props on a well-written book!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific!! I loved it!!! Matt was a perfect hero who was easy to relate to, which made Airborn all the more exciting.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it from page one! The best book every!!! I have read it more times then I can count and I tell anyone who gets a chance to read this book because it is a masterpiece.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book was amazing! If you like airships, imaginary animals, adventure and action, you’ll probably like Airborn. Matt Cruse works as a cabin boy aboard the airship named the Aurora. (Matt was born on an airship, but not the Aurora.) During the Aurora’s trip across the Pacificus, there were two late arrivals aboard the Aurora, a girl named Kate de Vries and her governess. A year before taveling over the Pacificus, Matt had rescued an old man in a hot air balloon. The man had claimed of seeing winged creatures, but Matt did not believe him. But it appears that the man was Kate’s grandfather and she believed him. Later in the trip, air pirates come aboard the Aurora. When the pirates leave, they snagged the Aurora. Since the pirates snagged the Aurora it couldn’t fly, so they landed on a tropical island. On the island, Matt and Kate find one of the winged creatures. They lso get captured by the air pirates, who put them in a pit with gas that will kill them after a while. Will Matt and Kate ever get out? Can they help the winged creature? I think this book was amazing. You’ve just go to read it?
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book, loved it After Kenneth Oppel’s award winning bat trilogy, he has introduced us to a new series that is better then the last. This series starts off with the amazing book Airborn staring character Matt Cruse. Airborn is set in an imaginary past where planes weren’t invented yet and air ships like the Zeppelin are all over the sky instead. Airborn was a big shift in subject for Kenneth Oppel, but it still contains his favourite idea of flight. The beginning of Airborn is a little different from the normal novel. Airborn starts off with the main character in the airship The Aurora on watch duty. When Matt spots a floating object he knows that something is wrong and calls for the captain. Once matt gets a closer look he finds that it is a hot air balloon with no one in it. Matt being the youngest crew member, is the bravest and is sent through the docking port to go and rescue the basket and any survivors of what they think was a storm. Matt finds an unconscious body that is badly injured and close to death. He rescues the basket and almost all is ok. The man died in the night latter that day. A year later Matt boards the ship again as a crew member for a passenger flight across the ocean to Paris. After they take off a bird plane is approaching behind, and through the radio they find that one of the late passengers is on it, so they allow it to come in through the boarding dock. The late passenger is Kate with her guardian. Matt guides them to their quarters and tell them Kate and her guardian what the schedule is for the trip. As the trip progresses Matt sees Kate very often with her guardian right beside. On one occasion Kate is in the bar and stays till it closes and Matt happens to be the bar tender. When the bar is empty Kate asks Matt if he would bring her two hot drinks to her chamber. When Matt arrives she is alone and she is reading a journal, the mans that he rescued from the hot air balloon. Kate tells Matt the story of how the man he rescued was her grandfather. Kate also tells him why he was n his journey and gives him the mysterious journal to read. The journal talks about the mans trip and all the creatures he saw. At the middle of the journal he finds that the old man had discovered a weird flying panther animal that sounds very strange at first. The rest of the journal is all sketches of the weird animal and small jot notes of his various discoveries. The next day when he is on crow’s nest duty (a look out at the top of the Aurora) he spots something very strange land on the ship. At first Matt is taken in surprise because he thinks that the creature is one of the strange birds from the old man’s diary. But then again the diary said that they can not land so Matt is a little reassured about the situation. Soon on closer inspection he finds that it is just a tired Albatross passing by. He calls down to the captain to ask permission to scare away the bird and gets approved. He attaches his safety line to the rope running around the ship and goes out. As he approaches the Albatross it fly away. In that second of him watching the bird fly away, Matt spots a large black shape approaching the ship. Matt jumps back in to the crows nest and calls the captain. He can see it to. The ship starts to approach them and chase them but does not respond to signals. It slowly pushes them towards the lake. All of the sudden people in black suits go down lines and land on the ship. SKY PIRATES! Will Matt and Kate find the strange birds? Will the sky pirates destroy the ship? What will happen? Read the book to find out! I found Kenneth Oppel as a role model for all kids who would like to become authors like me. Ken wrote his first book when he was incredibly young and give me inspiration to start when your young and then get better over the years. This is what I believe made Kenneth Oppel such a talented author who is now writing award winning novels. Around Christmas time I went to one of the Toronto public libraries to listen t him read from Airborn. When he was explaining about his books I learnt that he spent a number of years writing screen plays for Hollywood just to get enough money to be able to continue being an author for the rest of his life. This shows that is you have a dream then you must pursue it until you succeed because it will be worth it when the time comes. Ever since I read his Silver Wing trilogy I have been reading his other books and looking forward to the next book after Airborn. Kenneth Oppel is undoubtedly one of my favourite authors.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great novel This novel takes place in a kind of "Victorian" era, where the lady wear dresses and the men suits. There is a boy who helps around the airship where he was born and employed then, his airship comes across a myterious hot air ballon........ This novel was great, Kenneth Oppel has a great emagination. There's suspense, humour, adventure and romance(oooo). The novel went smoothly and keeps you attention the whole time. Overall, a great novel that I recommend you buy and read. Jeremy Miller
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Airborn is the best. Airborn was the best book I have read. I could not put the book down. It was a thrilling adventure with a touch of romance and humor. Young Matt Cruse is strong and brave young man and Kate de Vries is an excellent charcater - witty and powerful. A must-read, best book.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average Airborn did not meet my expectations. When I had found out that it had beat the book Esther (by Sharon McKay) I thought it was going to be absolutley stunning (since Esther was a fantastic book). However, I found the book to be extremely typical and riddled with clichés. Its not a bad book, but its not a book that I will remember for years to come either. Not a bad read though, I would suggest giving it a try, but don't expect too much.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book!!! Airborn is a fabulous book by a fabulous author. It is a delicious concoction of futuristic transport, friendship and fantastical creatures. The excitement and suspense leaves you wanting more. Thank goodness there's a sequel!!!!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from review of Airborn a great book, a great read, kept me reading for hours at a time. i loved this book, a definite favourate. well written, and a good plot. when 11 year old Matt is on the ship Aurora, he sees a ship, a small hot air balloon, and they rescue the one man on the balloon he speack to Matt of creatures so beautiful, that they seem almost human, but are not human at all. later the man dies. Matt thought that the man was some crazy man on his death bed, but when Kate de Viers arives on the ship, his life will change forever and it will all make sence...
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Airborn is the best!! Airborn is one of the greatest most adventurous books I ever read, by Kenneth Oppel the famous author award-winning bestseller of Silverwing. Airborn was a Red Maple book this year and it deserves to be in that book competition. It came in first in many schools. It is a science-fiction book, mostly takes place in the ship Aurora and in the undiscovered island, those two setting were the most important part in the story. I enjoed it thoroughly after reading it, and I'm one of the people who voted for it in the competition. It was a bit touching, and i think someone with no opinion would say it sucks. It has much action in it and that's what makes it the best. It had more than one plot. If you read it you'll think it's a great movie when you visualize it. It has so much details that you can make a great movie in your mind. Many of my friends recommended it to me. And I a 13 year old boy highly recommend this book to all teenagers. I would also recommend other Kenneth Oppel's books to anyone. It roxs!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A one of a kind! I thought this book was awsome! All of Kenneth Oppel's books are amazing! No matter what kind of books you like, adventure, action, romance, you name it, you'll loooooove this book!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good as Harry Potter? Good as harry Potter......no but good try in my opinion I really don't know if this could be made into a sequel Kate and matt could get together ....I guess I love it and I can't wait for the movie. I think Kenneth Oppel outdid himself I liked the siverwing series too but I think it was better than those (don't hate Ken!). I read it two times over and enjoyed it (right now my sis is reading it)And If somehow you make a sequel out this I'll look forward to it!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Airborn is SPECTACULAR! Airborn is nominated for the 2004-2005 Red Maple Award. I myself are in that club and by far this is the best book. Most students in Red Maple that go to my school all believe so too! Kenneth Oppel is one of my favourite author today, in Canada. I have just started to read the Silverwing, Sunwing, and Firewing books, so far they are almost as good as Airborn! I have also heard and read that Airborn is going to be a movie! YEAH! Now that is definatly a movie worth seeing in the theatres. I have also heard that Airborn is gonig to have a sequel, called Skybreaker I'm not positive about that, it is just gossip. Well I have heard all about Oppel and he is a great author, he justs makes you feel as though you are there with the characters. I don't know of another author that can do that! Great job Kenneth Oppel! Keep on writing books!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ThE bEsT bOoK eVeR! Yes, yes this was the best book I have ever read. I am in a book club called 'Red Maple' and this is gonna be the book I vote for! Me and all my friends agree, and I have even heard that there is a sequel! Yeah well thats all from me, ttyl! I love Kenneth Oppel's books!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book in the world! This was the best book I've ever read! It was sooo good! Depending on the events, I felt myself either shake or tense up. It was very suspensful! If you haven't read this book yet, read it now! I can't wait for the sequel to come out!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Airborn!!!!!!!!!!! This was the most fantastic book that I have ever read. I wished that it would never end. The characters and the setting was amazing. I really enjoyed the book and I just couldn't put it down for a minute. This is the best book ever!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome for adventure lovers!!! It's a great read for everyone who loves fiction and adventure.I won't give anything away but it was one of the best books I've ever read!!!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forever Airborn!!!!! Kenneth Oppel is one of the best authors ever!!! First it was his Silverwing series, which was amazing. Now, it's Airborn!!! His stories are the best!! You can picture all the details and everything that is happenning. I never wanted to close the book, since Matt Cruse and Kate De Vries were having such an adventure. There was just enough of everything in the story. It was magnificant!!! If there were actually real cloud cats , it'd be absolutly fantastic! I loved how there was even a map of the Aurora. Please make a series to this Kenneth Oppel. Please!!!! It would be so great. Once again, I loved this book so much that I rated it a 5-star!!!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kenneth Oppel is a GENIUS! This book Airborn, I truly believe is Kenneth's best novel ever! It is such a captivating story and the characters are so realistic! This is a story that I will surely read over and over again! After I read it, it stayed in my thoughts for days and not many books I've read lately have achieved this! The plot is suspenseful...I never wanted it to end! Airborn (and hopefully it's sequel) will be one of my favourite Kenneth Oppel books of all time. Can't wait for the sequel so publish it as soon as possible!!!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Airborn Takes Flight Matt Cruse is a young apprentice aboard the massive airship, Aurora. Matt has aspirations to one day be a Sailmaker as his father had been. The Aurora is 900-feet long, and the majestic flagship of the Lunardi line of airships. It weighs more than the Eiffel Tower, yet it is lighter than air, due to the physical properties of hydrium which is contained in precious bladders inside the ship's hull. In the opening chapters of the novel, Matt sees a rogue hot air balloon from his domed crow's nest atop the Aurora. Matt reports the sighting, then -- showing no fear of heights -- he helps to get the balloon onboard in an attempt to save its ailing captain. When the old rescued explorer wakens, he asks Matt if he had seen beautiful creatures hovering in the sky. Matt is intrigued, but he is convinced to treat the old man's claims as hallucinations brought on by his dire illness. One year later, Kate de Vries boards the airship in grand fashion! The granddaughter of the old air-mariner, Kate has come in search of the airborne creatures described in her grandfather's flight logs. Matt and Kate are propelled by author Kenneth Oppel on numerous adventures. The action is relentless in this book, and the plot is far from predictable, as the air is filled not only with the possibility of new and exotic creatures, but also is rife with pirates. Matt and Kate must endure dangerous crashes, pirate invasions, poisonous hopping snakes, abandonment on a tropical island and a crabby chaperone! Ever present in Airborn is the majestic airship, Aurora. Oppel describes the ship beautifully, and we become enamoured with its labyrinthine walkways and delicate goldbeater's skin. We struggle with Matt and the crew to keep the ship aloft. We fight bouts of vertigo as Oppel has Matt traverse the airship's interior and exterior! Reminiscent of Philip Pullman's creative world-building in His Dark Materials trilogy, Oppel creates a world similar to, but also unlike, our own. Oppel has the airship cross the Pacificus Ocean from Lionsgate City. The airship is buoyed by the precious gas hydrium. It is a world where ornithopters and vividly rendered creatures occupy the skies. The setting captures the luxury and grandeur of early twentieth century flight, and embraces the piracy and lawlessness of an earlier time. The Aurora is the Titanic of the skies, and Matt and Kate must deal with their different stations in society. Matt Cruse is not alone in being 'airborn'. Ken Oppel's story introduces us to memorable airborn creatures, a wonderfully wrought airborne airship, and a plot that keeps the reader's heart rate aloft. You will cheer on the young Matt Cruse, as eagerly as you cheered on Jim Hawkins in his attempt to defeat the dastardly pirates in Treasure Island. Airborn will keep you reading into the starry night!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a REALLY great book!!! I LOVE this book!!! Oppel is so good at discribing it makes you think you are right there with the characters! If you are thinking of buying it, you deffinetly should!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Truly Amazing I have enjoyed all of Kenneth Oppel's books, but this one was the best! I keep making out the scenes in my mind and I could just imagine all the action: The pirates the aurora, the typhoon, and the cloud would have been beautiful. Matt and Kate should have a more romantic rlationship together and I hope that happens in the sequel: Skybreaker
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! excellent work this is detailed so much and so much adventure with pirates it actually takes you into a world of adventure and the life of kid whose life is on an airship amazing book better then kenneth's other seires silverwing all i can say is outstandig.
Date published: 2013-10-24

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AIRBORN

by Kenneth Oppel

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7.2 × 5.1 × 1.1 in

Published: July 28, 2008

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554682819

ISBN - 13: 9781554682812

From the Publisher

Enter a past in which airplanes have never been invented, giant airships rule the skies and the glittering skyscrapers of Lionsgate City, Canada''s greatest metropolis, rise near the Pacificus Ocean. When Matt Cruse, cabin boy on the luxury airship Aurora, fearlessly performs a dramatic rescue to save an old man from his damaged hot air balloon, he doesn''t know what events he''s setting in motion. Will he and the balloonist''s fiery granddaughter, Kate de Vries, be able to solve the mystery of impossible flying creatures seen among the clouds? And will they figure it out before pirates and shipwreck end their voyage forever?
    Winner of the Governor General''s Award for Children''s Literature and many other national and international honours, Kenneth Oppel''s tale of aerial adventure has fired the imaginations of readers around the world. An instant classic!

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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