Set in an imaginary past where giant airships rule the skies, Airborn is the story of Matt Cruse, the fifteenyear- old cabin boy of the 900-foot luxury airship Aurora. Hundreds of feet over the Pacificus Ocean, Matt fearlessly performs a dramatic rescue to save an old man from his crippled hot-air balloon. Before he dies, the stranger 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 a beautiful, bold girl arrives on the Aurora a year later, determined to prove the story is true, Matt finds himself caught up in her quest. But can he and Kate solve the mystery—before pirates, shipwreck, and frightening predators end their voyage forever?
To be published by HarperCollins in the US and Hodder Children’s Books in the UK in spring 2004, Airborn is a swashbuckling adventure, a mystery, a tale of growing up and acceptance—all rolled into a fantastical, cinematic masterwork of storytelling. Narrated by Matt, whose hopes and fears are reflected in every teen’s life, this is also a book driven by the discovery of impossible flying creatures that are as dangerous as they are beautiful.
Backed by a massive marketing campaign and the star power of its author, Airborn is set to sail into our literary stratosphere.