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Kenneth Oppel
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Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the luxury airship Aurora, and he loves nothing more than being aloft. When the wealthy Kate de Vries becomes a passenger on the ship, Matt finds himself swept up in mystery, danger, and truly bizarre creatures.
posted Dec 27, 2008 at 11:21AM
Avatar for Cooper Cooper said:
i really like this book
posted Oct 30, 2009 at 3:26PM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Matt Cruse was born in the air. He was born aboard a flying airship and now, fourteen years later, Matt’s a cabin boy on the luxurious passenger ship Aurora. He lives to fly; he’s devoted to his ship and is eager to pilot the Aurora himself someday. But first, Matt’s in for a very big adventure. One night while he’s on watch in the crow’s nest, Matt spots a hot air balloonist in trouble over the Pacificus Ocean. The Aurora takes the injured man on board where he dies, but not before Matt hears him whispering about mysterious winged creatures of the air. A year later the balloonist’s granddaughter, a high-spirited girl named Kate de Vries, is flying on Matt’s ship, following the trail of her grandfather’s research. Matt and Kate become friends, but before they can do more than theorize about what Kate’s grandfather saw, the ship is set upon by pirates, pushed off course into a storm, and wrecked on a tropical isle. Matt’s worried sick about the ship, but Kate brings him an interesting distraction: This is the same island where her grandfather spotted his strange bird-like animals, and Kate is confident she can find them too. But the pirates are still hot on the Aurora’s trail, ready to put the lives of passengers, crew, and winged beasts in danger. Author Kenneth Oppel reinvents the past here, setting his story in an alternate-1920s era where airships ruled the skies. Oppel draws on the stories of the Titanic and the Hindenberg and on classic adventure stories, but he’s created a unique world that’s brimming with original details and told in prose that’s precise and clear and packed with swashbuckling action. Two sequels (Skybreaker and Starclimber) push the boundaries of exploration higher and higher, with fantastic new technologies and thrilling adventures.
posted Jun 8, 2010 at 11:40AM
amoeba said:
adventure on airships, guys might enjoy, action
posted Aug 23, 2010 at 11:41PM
it was pretty good but i thought i was a little confusing and somtimes predictable.
posted Jun 26, 2011 at 7:33PM
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Age: 15
Works aboard a luxury airship.
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Kate de Vries
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