Thursday, April 19, 2012

SkyBreaker (Aduio CDs--Full Cast Audio)****

Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel
**** Would love to own this one. I bought the first novel, Airman at a Library Book sale. Now to find time to read it!

This was a lucky find at our library. We recently travled to a National Park about four hours south of where we live. It was so fun to put in this adventure (with a little romance, science, creativity, and a lot of imagination) and have all the children (Ages 13, 11, and esp. our boy--8 yrs. old) enjoy it--along with my husband and I. All of the children was a bit of a preschooler (5 yrs.) was still mad I returned "How to Eat Fried Worms" without having listened to it and our toddler (newly 2 yrs.) was happy sitting in her car seat with her books and a mini portable DVD player of Elmo's World. The rest of us had a great time listening to this thrilling (and fairly G/PG) audio book as the miles flew by.

I must say I loved the last disk...I have always dreamt of flying and writing a tale in which the characters end up pushed to the limits and taking to flight...Wonderful!

From School Library Journal

Grade 6-10–Oppel does it again! This action-packed sequel to Airborn (HarperCollins, 2004) starts with a bang and doesn't let up until the satisfying ending. Matt Cruse, now a student at the Airship Academy, finds himself training as a navigator aboard a worn out, tumbledown cargo airship piloted by a reckless captain. Flying through a typhoon at dangerously high altitudes, they see a ghost ship that set out 40 years before and was never seen again. The captain risks his life, the crew, and his ship as he tries to reach the Hyperion to claim the fortune in gold that's rumored to be aboard. His attempt fails after the crew is stricken with altitude sickness. Only Matt remembers the coordinates of where Hyperion was last seen. This knowledge plunges him and Kate, now a pilot in training herself, into a breakneck race against a pirate intent on getting to the riches. They find themselves aboard a new type of pressurized ship called Skybreaker piloted by Hal, a wealthy and dashing captain with designs on Kate. What they discover aboard Hyperion is a more fabulous treasure than any of them could have imagined. That is, if they survive to tell anyone about it. This worthy companion to Airborn maintains its roller-coaster thrills in true swashbuckling style.–Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ
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