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Airborn

Oppel, Kenneth, 1967- Book - 2004 Teen Fiction / Oppel, Kenneth, Teen Book / Fiction / Fantasy / Oppel, Kenneth 5 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 4.8 out of 5

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Call Number: Teen Fiction / Oppel, Kenneth, Teen Book / Fiction / Fantasy / Oppel, Kenneth
On Shelf At: Downtown Library, Malletts Creek Branch, Pittsfield Branch, Westgate Branch

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Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.

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Airships submitted by faiyafrower on July 2, 2011, 4:42pm This series is awesome! It's a great portrayal of how the world would be if we still used airships. I love the "new element" hydrium, which is the lightest element in their world, but does not react as explosively as hydrogen does (a portmanteau of hydrogen and helium, the two lightest elements, but whereas hydrogen is extremely reactive, helium is extremely unreactive).

Awesome submitted by Memoria1224 on July 28, 2011, 6:08pm This is a fantastic book! I really liked how Matt tricked those pirates!

Amazing submitted by foxridgect on July 29, 2013, 8:57pm I really loved this book.

good submitted by Jada Lee on July 30, 2015, 12:14pm Fascinating sci-fi book

teen adventure series submitted by camelsamba on August 1, 2017, 8:25pm This is the first in a series of 3 books, a great adventure story for the upper end of middle grades or young teens. Matt Cruse is a young cabin boy on a blimp-like airship flying to Australia. Kate is a very wealthy passenger, close to his age, traveling with a stick-in-the-mud chaperone that she is always trying to escape. The airship is attacked by pirates and then marooned on a tropical island after an unfortunate collision with the pirates’ ship in a storm. And since the pirates had smashed their radio, they are unable to call for help. Will the crew be able to repair the ship? Will they be able to return to the sky? The setting is approximately turn of or early 20th century, but it’s an alternative history where airships are the main transportation.

My 13yo and I were quite taken with Matt and Kate. They do seem older than their years at times, but that's easy enough to ignore. There’s a bit of a budding romance between them (despite class differences which would have made it impossible). There were times when I found myself thinking “another plot twist to overcome? be done with it already!” But the good guys win in the end and the rush of good feelings beat out earlier frustrations. Maybe it could have been shorter; nevertheless, we persisted and continued with the series.

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Printz Honor book - 2005.


PUBLISHED
New York : Eos, c2004.
Year Published: 2004
Description: 355 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book

READING LEVEL
Lexile: 760

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
0060531827
0060531800

SUBJECTS
Airships -- Fiction.
Pirates -- Fiction.
Imaginary creatures.
Fantasy.