Teen Picks - Summer 2009

The Airborn Trilogy
by Kenneth Oppel

Airborn ISBN: 9780006392590
Skybreaker ISBN: 9780060532277
Starclimber ISBN: 9780002007450

*** Airborn: Winner of the 2004 Governor General's Award ***

From the Publisher: Enter a past in which airplanes have never been invented, giant airships rule the skies and the glittering skyscrapers of Lionsgate City, Canada’s greatest metropolis, rise near the Pacificus Ocean.

In Airborn, Matt Cruse, cabin boy on the luxury airship Aurora, fearlessly performs a dramatic rescue to save an old man from his damaged hot air balloon, he doesn’t know what events he’s setting in motion. Will he and the balloonist’s fiery granddaughter, Kate de Vries, be able to solve the mystery of impossible flying creatures seen among the clouds? And will they figure it out before pirates and shipwreck end their voyage forever?

In Skybreaker, the decrepit training ship Flotsam makes an astonishing discovery before being forced to descend. Adrift at 20,000 feet is a tattered, ice-crusted airship bearing the name Hyperion. Could it really be the legendary lost craft, now a vast treasure, a frozen mausoleum to a ghostly crew?

In Starclimber, Canada wants to reach space first, and the Canadian Minister of Air wants Kate to join the first expedition as an expert in aerial zoology. There's a place for Matt, too - if he can pass the gruelling tests to become one of the world's first astralnauts on board the incredible ship Starclimber.

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Beyond the book - get extra info on the story and the science behind many of the ideas in the trilogy by visiting the official book site.

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