Friday, February 20, 2009
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Matt is a cabin boy on a luxury airship/blimp. Although he is young he is involved in rescuing an old man in a balloon who is raving about the cloud cats he saw before his ship was damaged. A year after the man dies his granddaughter comes onto Matt's ship with her grandfather's journal. Although he has been dismissed as a lunatic by scientists around the world, Kate is sure that her grandfather actually saw the new species he called cloud cats. She is trying to get Matt to help her prove they exist when the ship is attacked by pirates and forced to crash land on an uncharted island. While looking for a way to save the ship Kate and Matt find more than they bargained for including a bouncing snake, more pirates and a skeleton than seems very similar to the sketch in the journal.