Saturday, June 7, 2008

Airman by Eoin Colfer

Conor Broekhart was literally born in the sky, entering the world while his parents were on an ill-fated hot air balloon ride. In the 1890’s Conor and his parents live on the Saltee Islands off the Irish Coast, an idyllic life where young Conor spends his days playing with the Princess Isabella, exploring the intriguing castle, and dreaming of flight. However, at fourteen, his life takes a disastrous turn when Conor witnesses the king’s murder and that of his beloved tutor by the truly evil Bonvilain. When Conor tries to intervene, he is branded a traitor and cast into the island’s inhumane underground prison where the prisoners are forced to mine for diamonds under terrible conditions. There, Conor sees his dreams of flight dimming and struggles to survive. Adopting the name Connor Finn as his own, he wonders if he must lose his true self in order to survive. As the terrible years pass, Connor devises a daring plan to fly to freedom that will require all of the courage and scientific ability he possesses. Not for the faint of heart, this title contains enough daring, action, sword fighting, battle scenes, intrigue, revenge, and honor to satisfy the most demanding reader – with a touch of romance thrown in for readers like myself! Dark and fearsome but also hopeful and touching this is a title that will keep readers fully engaged and turning pages until the last word is read.

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