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Author: Kenneth Oppel
Publisher: New York : EOS, 2005, ©2004.
Series: Matt Cruse, 1
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : English : 1st paperback edView all editions and formats
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Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperon, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface. 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 so far. I was keeping watch  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Adventure fiction
Steampunk fiction
Adventure stories
Fiction
Juvenile works
Young adult works
Young adult fiction
Children's stories
Action and adventure fiction
Juvenile fiction
Romans, nouvelles, etc. pour la jeunesse
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth Oppel
ISBN: 0060531827 9780060531829 0060531800 9780060531805 0060846240 9780060846244 9780756947941 0756947944
OCLC Number: 1027682966
Notes: "Michael L. Printz honor book"--P. [4] of cover.
Awards: Michael L. Printz Honor for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2005.
Description: 501, 23 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Contents: Ship's Eyes --
Up Ship! --
Kate --
Hot Chocolate for Two --
Log of the Endurance --
Szpirglas --
Sinking --
Island --
Bones --
Shipshape --
One That Fell --
Shipwrecked --
Hydrium --
Nest --
Cloud Cat --
Rescue --
Pit --
Ship Taken --
Airborne --
Airborn --
At Anchor.
Series Title: Matt Cruse, 1
Responsibility: Kenneth Oppel.
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Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperon, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface. 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 so far. I was keeping watch on a dark stack of nimbus clouds off to the northwest, but we were leaving it far behind, and it looked to be smooth going all the way back to Lionsgate City. Like riding a cloud. Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city. It is the life Matt's always wanted; convinced he's lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonists granddaughter that he realizes that the man's ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious. In a swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, author of the best-selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined world in which the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by the humans who sail the skies.

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