Airman

Airman

Book - 2008
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Conor Broekhart was born to fly. In fact, legend has it that he was born flying in a hot air balloon at the world's fair.

In the 1890's Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days studying the science of flight with his tutor and exploring the castle with the king's daughter, Princess Isabella.

But the boy's idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king. When Conor tries to expose the plot, he is branded a traitor and thrown into jail on the prison island of Little Saltee. There, he has to fight for his life as he and the other prisoners are forced to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions.

There is only one way to escape Little Saltee, and that is to fly. So he passes the solitary months by scratching drawings of flying machines into the prison walls. The months turn into years, but eventually the day comes when Conor must find the courage to trust his revolutionary designs and take to the skies.
Publisher: New York, NY : Hyperion Books for Children, 2008
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781423107507
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Col
Characteristics: 412p

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JackPurcell
Oct 23, 2015

My favorite book by him since the first and second Artimus Fowl.

Blue_Cockroach_10 Aug 11, 2014

really amazing star if only they would have more than 5 star I would go for it

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miketheboy89
Mar 22, 2013

:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D AWESOME BOOK!!!!

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allen6to7
Jan 12, 2013

Artemis Fowl was great but this is awesome.

LeenR Jul 12, 2012

Really good book!! I was surprised that I liked this book so much.

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jan82001
Jun 04, 2012

Very daring!

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Mauve_Quail_2
May 14, 2012

THis is a really good book!!!!!!!

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super33
Mar 12, 2012

Is there a second book coming out? Please respond.

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canary35
Jan 16, 2012

Much as I generally adore Mr. Eoin Colfer's works, I cannot quite get there with this one. The idea of course is inventive. Our hero is a star-crossed youth, born in a hot air balloon and destined to change the history of flight... but of course, he must have many adventures on the way. There are flashes of Colfer's lovely ironic humor, but it seems to me his voice is mainly lost here. Maybe it's because the whole thing is just kind of dark, as if Colfer were in a permanent funk while he wrote it. Maybe it's because we know from the start that the bad boy is really a good boy. Maybe it's because this story just could not find a message. Maybe it's because Mr. Colfer's heart is in adult fiction now, but he just hasn't made the transition. Maybe it's because...

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staceytomasello
Nov 07, 2011

This is the kind of book that grips you only with the prospect of seeing the main character get out of his horrible situation. It's the kind of book that makes you feel depressed while you're reading it, but you'll look back a few years later and think, "That really was a good book." Personally, it was a little too sad for me.

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Jan 12, 2013

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