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byKenneth Oppel

Mass Market Paperback | August 5, 2008

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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!

KENNETH OPPEL is the Governor General’s Award–winning author ofAirbornand 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
Title:AIRBORNFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.12 × 5 × 1.08 inPublished:August 5, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554682819

ISBN - 13:9781554682812

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Airborn I am not usually a fan of this genre, but I surprised myself and quite enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Original and Exciting A fantastic blend of adventure, characters, setting, history, etc. You will love the story.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating I absolutely love this trilogy and almost anything from this author. This book in particular is very well-written and has a great plot! I recommend this amazing adventure to all!
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Airborn Airborn is and will probably always be one of my favourite adventure stories. Dissatisfied with adult and young adult fiction, I tend to turn to tween books to quench my thirst for adventure stories. Unfortunately, they are sometimes too simple to truly enjoy. Airborn is more for older tweens- easy to understand, but with enough complexity that an adult can enjoy it too.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is great This book is great. Everyone should try this book out. Suspence. There is so muc stuff you could learn from this book. Description.
Date published: 2015-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best series of all time With deep characters, intense action, lots of technical detail behind the wonderous airships, stong adventure and romance, this book and the entire series has something for everyone. 5 stars for sure.
Date published: 2014-12-17
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: 2012-11-21
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: 2011-03-17
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: 2011-01-26
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: 2009-03-03
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: 2008-12-09
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: 2008-11-05