Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Great Book Alert

The book I am about to recommend is a young adult fiction that I believe could have as wide appeal as the Harry Potter books.

I am not saying I think the book will go super-sonic and sell billions of copies world wide and that there will be a release party at Barnes and Noble this fall when the third book comes out. (Unless we plan one! Anyone? Anyone?)

What I AM saying is that this book is exciting almost from the start. The main character is a young boy who is as endearing and lovable as Harry Potter, but he is definitely NOT Harry Potter.

I guess what I really want to get across is that if you find yourself shunning young adult or juvenile fiction because you are older than 20 and beyond childish things, think again. You could love this book the same way billions worldwide have loved Harry Potter.

The book.... (drum roll please)

...Airborn by Kenneth Oppel and it's follow up book, Skybreaker.

I just finished Skybreaker last night and think it was even better than Airborn. In fact, I had a horrible night's sleep due to the fact that I couldn't stop dreaming about the adventure and the characters and it was very disturbing because my dreams were a little tense.

Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on board a luxury airship in a world much like our own, but different. He is thoroughly at home in the air, has no fear of heights or of falling. In fact, he almost believes that if he fell, he just might be able to fly.

One of the passengers aboard the ship happens to be a bold, determined and slightly impetuous young girl. Kate DeVries soon compels Matt to help her on her quest to validate the observations and scientific research of her late grandfather.

Enter air pirates, a shipwreck and ferocious wild animals and I could not put this book down.

Like I said, I loved Skybreaker even more than Airborn and can not wait for book three, Starclimber.

Reserve these books at your library or go and buy them now!

Seriously, stop reading this. Go!

p.s. I would love to see this series become a movie as long as they could hire someone competent enough to make it utterly amazing.

p.p.s. Check out this website for info on the trilogy.


megan said...

I will never have a clean house or a life with all of these great books. I am still working on Silent in the Sanctuary. I think I may like it better than the first...maybe I'm only on page 110 but she is a great writer.

Our Family said...

Thanks for the recommendation. Is this a good read-aloud? We are always looking for something good to read as a family. Have you read the Brandon Mull books--the Fablehaven Series and The Candy Shop War? We loved them. These are Harry Potter type books about adolescents and magic. Very fun! We can't wait for Fablehaven 4 to come out in March!!

Debbie said...

Good! I am feeling under the weather and could use a good book! :)

Tara said...

Ok, ok, I've put it on hold at the library. I'm first in line. Hopefully it will be in, in the next couple of weeks.