Thursday, March 29, 2012

Book Recommendation: Airborn

Kenneth Oppel
Pages: 368
Ages: 10+

Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the airship Aurora. Everything is going swimmingly until Kate DeVries arrives. Well, that and there's also the pesky kid Bruce who stole Matt's promotion to sailmaker, and the sky pirates, and the fact that the airship just wrecked on an island in the middle of nowhere. While the chef grins at his knives and gleefully serves up concoctions of coconut and mango, all Matt wants to do is patch up the Aurora and head for the skies. But Kate DeVries has other plans: find the winged creatures her grandfather wrote about before he died. Problem? The beasts aren't so lovely or so mythological up close.  They're cloud cats: devious, and clawed, and a little bloodthirsty.

This was a really fun MG read. The world-building was perfect. I was immediately caught up in Matt's skyworld, but with just enough taste of the ground to be satisfied. I loved Matt's dedication to both his ship and those he cares about, and Kate's stubborn sense of adventure. The budding romance between the two characters was one of my favorites in an MG. Definitely recommended!

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