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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I really was looking forward to liking this book as it’s not the typical magic fantasy and really isn’t even fantasy per say. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. And who doesn’t love that?

The history of the time is well done; the language, clothing and descriptions feel authentic. But if you stick with it, you might be surprised.

Kate is also a very difficult character to like. To view it, click here.

Matt’s curiosity about the man’s dying words is piqued a year later when the fellow’s granddaughter Kate arrives on board, bearing his journal. I’m tired of airborh female characters”! The ship felt real and lived in. When writing a book that takes place on an island, you might want to research such things, since pineapples actually grow on the ground.


Among his papers he left descriptions of strange creatures he encountered on his attempt to circumnavigate the world in a hot air balloon and Kate, who idolized her bj grandfather, hopes to prove he was more than a crazy old man and prove her own talent for scientific investigation. I mentioned class issues playing a part in the story.

This was an audiobook that I picked up kneneth I was looking for a fluffy young adult book. Loved the creature that Kate’s grandfather discovered and the mysterious island the Aurora lands on. Preview — Airborn by Kenneth Oppel.

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel – review

Matt was poor but plucky, hard-working, and ambitious. And, boy, do they ever. In many YA books, I feel the romance can be overpowering, and the main plot can be lost in it. View Full Version of PW.

It’s a great adventure book with a bit of a mystery. If one goes overboard while on a Finally decided to review this book, as I think it is really underrated, and more people should read it!

Feb 17, Christy rated it really liked it. I got a letter from them, saying they wanted to take me on, and try to sell my story. The strange creatures are also fascinating when they show up. Another aspect I appreciated about the plot was the way Oppel made the sky more mysterious, like the ocean.


Fourteen-year-old Matt Cruse is a cabin boy for the Auroraan airship that stays afloat using a gas called “hydrium”. Retrieved 9 January I did love the adventure part and it would be great for a boy! The pirate vessel crashes with the Aurora and tears the Aurora’s hull, seriously depleting its supply of hydrium.

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The ones I wanted to ippel more about you never let me get close to Baz, the Captain and the main characters I would rather have left behind. Matt reveals that he will attend the Airship Academy, with the help of the reward money for finding Szpirglas’ base of operations. Nov 16, Alexandra rated it it was amazing Shelves: And the pirates were there for some danger so we opppel get too bored. Although the idea of a poor boy versus rich girl has been used numerous times, these two do not bore.

There was adventure and mishaps and of course pirates. I want me an airship!!