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Starclimber

by Kenneth Oppel

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | February 7, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Starclimber is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6.

At long last, Matt Cruse is at the helm. Though it’s only asummer job piloting a humble aerocrane, he’s thrilled tobe helping to build the Celestial Tower, Paris’s extraordinarygateway to outer space. But Matt’s idyllic summer is short-lived.He narrowly survives a deadly attack by the fanatical Babelites,who are opposed to humans reaching the heavens. Worse still,his nights spent stargazing with Kate de Vries must end whenshe’s summoned back to Lionsgate City by her parents.

But then the chance of a lifetime boosts Matt’s hopes of beingairborne once more. Canada wants to reach space first, andthe Canadian Minister of Air has asked Kate to join the first expeditionas an expert on aerial zoology. There’s a place for Matt,too—if he can pass the grueling tests to become one of theworld’s first astralnauts on board the incredible ship Starclimber.

It’s a race to the very top, and Matt is determined to be apart of the adventure. But can he outlast his competition? Andif he is chosen to join the crew, will they ever return to Earth?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 7.13 × 5 × 1.13 in

Published: February 7, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554685214

ISBN - 13: 9781554685219

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Adventure This is the third book in an alternate reality created by world-renowned Kenneth Oppel. In this book, the airplane has not been developed but flying machines, gliders, blimps and balloons are the mode of air transportation. The first two books Airborn and Skybreaker have won almost every Canadian children's literary award. Combined they have won: Governor General's Award, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award (twice), Red Maple Award (twice), Michael L Printz Honor Book (ALA). They have won 26 awards and been nominated for another 7. The interesting thing is, this was the first book in this series to come across my desk and was read as an independent story. It stands strong on its own and left me wanting to read the first two. This story is part of the saga of Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries, two young people in love and pursuing higher education to realize their dreams - Matt of becoming a captain on an airship and Kate of becoming a world-class scientist and researcher, especially zoology in the stratosphere. It is also the story of the race to space. The French are trying to build a tower into space, and Matt and Kate are called home to Canada, to be part of Canada's attempt. Kate is outright invited to be a scientist on the Mission. Matt must go through a grueling training regime and compete with over a hundred people hoping to be an astronaut aboard the Canadian ship Starclimber. Matt is a skilled Skysailor but can he compete with so many older and more experienced men? The story is part science fiction, part romance, and part social commentary. Oppel does an excellent job of weaving the different elements into a cohesive tale that is compelling and addicting. You reach a point in the book where you do not want to put it down. The greatest strength of the story is the incredible characters that seem so real, and the powerful narrative technique used by Oppel that makes you feel like you are there and part of the action. The story has a great pace that picks up speed as it moves along and finishes like a runaway train dragging us along with it, racing to the end. This is a great novel and like the others in the series will probably win numerous awards. (First Published in Imprint 2009-03-13.)
Date published: 2009-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very entertaining Another great, creative and imaginative story from Oppel. I don't know if more books are planned for this series, but I look forward to reading more from this great Canadian children's author in the future.
Date published: 2009-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not bad! not bad at all ! I found that this lacked the spark of the first two. That being said, it remains far superior to a lot of contemporary YA fiction due to the fact that it is written by a pro! I love Kenneth Oppel's work! It just didn't seem to have the whizbang, boyish joy of the first two. I cannot wait to see what he does next.
Date published: 2008-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good book! wow. i agree with one of the reviewers....i also thought that since the setting of the book was in space....it would ruin the whole thing....BUT IT REALLY DIDN'T! loved this book alot:P Hopefully there will be another book coming out soon!:)
Date published: 2008-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! So good!!
Date published: 2008-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A bit different than the first two but still FABULOUS This time around Matt and Kate are on a special mission for the Canadian government. The space race is on and Paris is supposedly winning but Canada has a secret plan and they've gathered together a crew which includes our two protagonists. This book is quite different from the previous two as it is mostly set in outer space rather than aboard an airship. The genre is also difficult to pinpoint as it is certainly science fiction but from a Victorian point of view, making it seem more fantasy. The world Matt and Kate live in is an alternate earth reality where society is similar to a mannered Victorian age yet they have a growing technology that it is very different from that developed on our Earth. It very much feels Jules Verne-ish. Again, I enjoyed the book. This series is superb. This book is not as dark as Oppel's others but there is death and taut suspense making this (as his other books) more appropriate for a YA audience. Oppel's vision of an alternate reality's version of outer space was incredibly intriguing. Well-written, a page turner and wonderful characters familiar and new. Especially Miss Karr and her pet monkey Haiku, who are a nod to the Canadian painter Emily Carr, and her monkey, Woo. The books in this series each has its own plot and can be read in any order but there is a relationship that develops throughout the books and mention of previous events so I do recommend reading them in order. I've read all of Oppel's YA novels now except his first two books which are stand alones. I will be going back to read them but can't wait to see what Oppel comes up with for his next new book.
Date published: 2008-08-30

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Starclimber

by Kenneth Oppel

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 7.13 × 5 × 1.13 in

Published: February 7, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554685214

ISBN - 13: 9781554685219

From the Publisher

At long last, Matt Cruse is at the helm. Though it’s only asummer job piloting a humble aerocrane, he’s thrilled tobe helping to build the Celestial Tower, Paris’s extraordinarygateway to outer space. But Matt’s idyllic summer is short-lived.He narrowly survives a deadly attack by the fanatical Babelites,who are opposed to humans reaching the heavens. Worse still,his nights spent stargazing with Kate de Vries must end whenshe’s summoned back to Lionsgate City by her parents.

But then the chance of a lifetime boosts Matt’s hopes of beingairborne once more. Canada wants to reach space first, andthe Canadian Minister of Air has asked Kate to join the first expeditionas an expert on aerial zoology. There’s a place for Matt,too—if he can pass the grueling tests to become one of theworld’s first astralnauts on board the incredible ship Starclimber.

It’s a race to the very top, and Matt is determined to be apart of the adventure. But can he outlast his competition? Andif he is chosen to join the crew, will they ever return to Earth?

About the Author

Kenneth Oppel is the Governor General’s Award-winning author of the Airborn series and the Silverwing Saga, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. Kenneth Oppel lives in Toronto with his wife and their three children.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12