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Starclimber
Matt Cruse Series, Book 3
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"Mr. Cruse, how high would you like to fly?"A smile soared across my face."As high as I possibly can."Pilot-in-training Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries, expert on high-altitude life-forms, are invited...
"Mr. Cruse, how high would you like to fly?"A smile soared across my face."As high as I possibly can."Pilot-in-training Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries, expert on high-altitude life-forms, are invited...
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  • "Mr. Cruse, how high would you like to fly?"

    A smile soared across my face.

    "As high as I possibly can."

    Pilot-in-training Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries, expert on high-altitude life-forms, are invited aboard the Starclimber, a vessel that literally climbs its way into the cosmos. Before they even set foot aboard the ship, catastrophe strikes:

    Kate announces she is engaged—and not to Matt.

    Despite this bombshell, Matt and Kate embark on their journey into space, but soon the ship is surrounded by strange and unsettling life-forms, and the crew is forced to combat devastating mechanical failure. For Matt, Kate, and the entire crew of the Starclimber, what began as an exciting race to the stars has now turned into a battle to save their lives.

    Award-winning and bestselling author Kenneth Oppel brings us back to a rich world of flight and fantasy in this breathtaking new sequel to Airborn and Skybreaker.

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  • KENNETH OPPEL is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide and was adapted into an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn won a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award and the Governor General's Literary Award; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children's Novel of the Year by the Times (UK). Kenneth Oppel is also the author of Half Brother, This Dark Endeavor, Such Wicked Intent, The Boundless, The Nest and Every Hidden Thing. Born on Vancouver Island, Oppel has lived in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, as well as England and Ireland. He now resides in Toronto with his wife and children.

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  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from June 1, 2009
    Gr 6-10-This sequel to "Airborn" (2004) and "Skybreaker" (2005, both Eos) continues the fabulous adventures of Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries. In classic steampunk fashion, this book blends the best of Victorian society and science fiction. No longer content to be confined to planet Earth, Kate and Matt leap at the opportunity to travel into space when Kate is invited to be a part of the Canadian astralnaut program for her scientific expertise and Matt must undergo rigorous training before he is accepted as a crew member. Unexpected mechanical difficulties, friction among those onboard, sabotage, and encounters with strange alien life-forms test their courage and ingenuity and love for one another. "Starclimber" is a thrilling roller-coaster ride of a book, full of humor and derring-do and guaranteed to keep readers up long past midnight."Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK"

    Copyright 2009 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Library Journal

    April 20, 2009
    In Airborn (2004) and Skybreaker (2005), Oppel imagined an alternate history where zeppelins race across the skies. In Starclimber, he takes the reader into space. Matt Cruse is an aspiring pilot in his final year of flight training; Kate de Vries is the well-heeled adventuress who loves him. The two join an expedition into space aboard a new ship and face a challenge more daunting than the unknown cosmos-Kate's engagement to another man. Why It Is for Us: Old-fashioned in the very best way, Oppel's series is pure feel-good fun. It helps to have read the others in the series, but this world is so well realized that readers new to it will catch up soon.

    Copyright 2009 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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