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Airborn

Oppel, Kenneth (Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Oppel, Kenneth, 1967-
Title: Airborn
Publisher: New York : Eos, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 355 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0060531819
0060531800
0060531827
Statement of Responsibility: Kenneth Oppel
Subject Headings: Fantasy Imaginary creatures Fiction Pirates Fiction Airships Fiction
Topical Term: Fantasy
Imaginary creatures
Pirates
Airships
LCCN: 2003015642
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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.

355 p. (Gr 8-10)

Fifteen-year-old Matt Cruse, cabin boy onboard the airship Aurora, meets wealthy Kate de Vries and together they investigate sightings of strange flying creatures.


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amazing just a little slow paced
4 stars

Aug 03, 2014
  • ariannadossa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

In this brilliant novel Kenneth Oppel applies a dystopic lens on the average adventure, romance story.
After a strange occurrence with Benjamin Malloy, a researcher who was rescued and dies shortly after aboard the Aurora Airship, 14 year-old Matt questions what Mr. Malloy was mumbling about just before his death.
It is now a year later and the memory of the strange occurrence is of no meaning to Matt. He works aboard the Aurora most of the year as a cabin boy. His current destination is Australia and Matt hopes to accompany the captain as head sailmaker. This job holds great pride for Matt as his father was once a sailmaker also.
A day into the journey Matt greets the young Kate DeVries and her chaperone Miss. Simpkins, who arrive by ornithopter. Matt instantly falls for the beautiful, kind and adventurous Kate. As Matt and Kate briefly see each other and become closer, Kate reveals a big secret that Matt is destined to be a part of.
Kenneth Oppel keeps a slow pace throughout the beginning of the book, but then the story becomes overwhelmingly adventure packed. The reader will enjoy his uncanny ability to define the main characters, Matt and Kate, thoroughly and descriptively. The story is narrated from Matt’s perspective which is not often seen in a book for ages 12-14. If you enjoy this book then you should try reading the next one in the series Skybreaker. It is somewhat slow paced and the storyline, not quite as interesting. Airborn was much better.
-Arianna Dossa

Apr 06, 2014
  • Kidsbookclub rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

We read this book for our book club - kids ages 9-10. We liked it, some more than others. Here are our comments: "This is a really good book with lots of excitement." "Lots of blimps." " The book was boring at the start and then it got exciting." "Good book. #1!" "Everybody likes balloons!"

Jan 18, 2014
  • Doctor_10101 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I recommend this book to all lovers of kenneth oppel's stories! A great sci-fi that contains adventure, awkward social status awareness, and great stuff in general!

Jul 14, 2013
  • RockHeron rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The excellent first installment in the Airborn trilogy, this book kept me hooked until the end. Airborn has a well-planned plot, with plenty of surprises and seemingly trivial details which later turn out to be important. Plot elements such as storms, pirates, and shipwrecks, which have been overused in other adventure books to the point of dullness, seem fresh and new in Airborn. The characters, even relatively minor ones, are thoroughly developed, with fears and dreams that seem vividly real. I loved this book!

Jul 07, 2013
  • rebjohn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

THIS BOOK IS SO AWESOME!!!!
It was on my summer reading list and my friend told me to read it. It looked a bit boring and I wasn't quite sure that i would like it but it is SO GOOD!!!!! It feels like the author isn't afraid to go hard on the characters, unlike some other books that I've read.

May 12, 2013
  • swlsheltie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

AMAZING

Jul 09, 2012
  • candy642 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It was a great book. I would encourage everybody to read it.=)

Jun 10, 2012
  • stevenzagada rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Swagtastic.

Apr 21, 2012
  • meks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

my friend suggested this book to me and i wasnt sure that it was for me, but i read it. IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not like other teenage books that are full of romance, this had lots of adventure - perfect!

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Apr 21, 2012
  • meks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Nov 30, 2011
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Nov 03, 2011
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Apr 27, 2010
  • Fatima Almalki rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 07, 2009
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Jul 13, 2009
  • Christina946 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 27, 2010
  • Fatima Almalki rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Matt Cruse is a cabin boy aboard the luxury passenger airship Aurora when the ship encounters a battered hot air balloon with an unconscious man aboard. Before dying, the man claims to have seen beautiful creatures swarming in the air over an uncharted island. Not until a year later, when Matt meets the man's granddaughter, Kate de Vries, who boards the Aurora, does he learn that the man wasn't hallucinating. Pirates board, rob, and kill, and a fierce storm grounds the Aurora on the very island that Kate's grandfather spoke about--which proves to be the pirates' secret hideaway. Though readers will need to suspend disbelief of the mysterious flying creatures, which Matt and Kate call cloud cats, details of life and work aboard the ship as well as the dramatic escapade itself make this a captivating read.

Oct 07, 2009
  • sher rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Airship travel during the Victorian era. Imaginary, uplifting, fun adventure story. Suitable for all.

Jul 13, 2009
  • Christina946 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Matt Cruse, a cabin boy on the airship Aurora, and Kate de Vries live an adventure-filled life in a world of impossible creatures, and air pirates.

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Aug 20, 2009
  • VeganGreen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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