AirbornBook - 2004
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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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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.
Airship travel during the Victorian era. Imaginary, uplifting, fun adventure story. Suitable for all.
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