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Spyglass to my eye, I slowly swept the heavens. Matt Cruse is the year-old cabin boy aboard the Aurora, the foot luxury airship he has called home for. Sailing toward dawn, and I was perched atop the crow’s nest, being the ship’s eyes. We were two nights out of Sydney, and there’d been no weather to speak of . Airborn [Kenneth Oppel] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Matt Cruse is cabin boy aboard the Aurora, an airship which truly is lighter than.

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By he us also authentic facing his own fears of unhappiness, doubting in a human way, getting angry, falling in love etc.

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel – review | Children’s books | The Guardian

It was shortly followed with its release in the United Kingdom and the United Bt in April and May respectively. It depicts the fantastic in a way that feels very real but without taking away the adventure, romance, or fun of it, the world is an exciting place in Airborn even if it is replete with the ordinary problems of life: Archived from the original on 3 May The author’s inviting new world will stoke readers’ imaginations—and may leave them hoping for a sequel those curious for a preview can log onto www.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Even the technical parts about the various parts of the airship, details about the mechanisms, and the behind-the-scenes peek into crew life on the fictional and fantastic Aurora were fascinating to me.

So I was delighted to finally hear one. You love high-seas adventures featuring acts of derring-do, bands of murderous pirates with creative names, shipwrecks on tropical islands, overachieving cabin boys, and smarty-pants rich girls. There’s also a bit of a mystery.


Thankfully, Matt and Kate do not require a ton of romance to keep the relationship interesting and enjoyable to read. The same thing happens in Airborn, but definitely not as terrifying. As other plot lines develop, pirates attack the Aurorawhich crash-lands on an kennetth that closely resembles a drawing in the old man’s journal.

You love young, honest lads from humble beginnings who are nonetheless destined for great things. Aug 30, Catie rated it liked it Recommended to Catie by: Well, in all honesty, it was good.

It felt like every time I tuned in I was visiting with friends. The history of the time is well done; the language, clothing and descriptions feel authentic.

Airborn (Matt Cruse, #1) by Kenneth Oppel

The descriptions of the island and creatures were very unique. Well, there be no dragons here. Why in the world did you call the oceans Atlanticus and Pacificus? Intrigued by the possibility that they live their whole lives in the air, Kate reveals that she is on a mission to prove that such creatures are real. In the beginning I thought she was mildly irritating but by the middle she was pushing obnoxious. I liked Kate right away, and was not disappointed with her character through out the book.

This said, this is an adventure book if I had to pick just ONE genre that is. I liked Matt as the protagonist.

Kenheth May 24th by HarperCollins first published It takes place in an alternate history of our world – so it may be classified as fantasy, but it is not really a fantasy story – it’s an adventure story. Check out me other reviews at https: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


After tending to Bruce’s wounds in the infirmary, Matt brings a sleeping elixir to the cook so that it can be added to the pirates’ soup. There are minor, pleasing shades of the film Titanic throughout—the rich but overprotected girl, the poor but daring and lovable cabin boy, and the vessel itself, which is a sprawling and multifaceted character in its own right—but Oppel places the emphasis squarely on adventure rather than romance, keeping the pace brisk and the characters dynamic.

While I like Matt quite a bit, I’m more curious to see what opprl Kate has kenbeth getting up to in the next book. One night he meets a dying balloonist who kdnneth of beautiful creatures drifting thro Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Op;el, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city.

The authour does a great job of creating real characters and getting you to care about them, one of the most important aspects for a book for me.

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel – review

Kwnneth the Name o S And I had to come back the day after writing this because I forgot the names! The story is told from his perspective.

For starters, do you know what happens when you clog the barrel of a gun?