Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel


Written by Kenneth Oppel

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Voted Book of the Year by a number of reviewers and having now read it I know why. This is something very different from most action and adventure stories. The characters are brilliantly drawn and the plot lines is innovative and full of intrigue and danger.

If your child is into Anthony Horowitz or Eoin Colfer then get them to take a running jump into this – they’ll not be disappointed.


Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel

Matt Cruse has been accepted at the Airship Academy, his days as cabin boy over for the moment. He has difficulty settling down to life on land, but is helped by the fact that Kate is in Paris too. During a training flight aboard the freighter Flotsam, Matt helps save the ship when it is caught in a deadly storm over the Indian Ocean, and thrust to dangerously high altitudes. There, Matt spies a frozen airship, drifting aimlessly at 20,000 feet - it's the legendary ghost ship Hyperion. Rumoured to be carrying great wealth, the Hyperion left harbour fifty years ago, but never reached her destination. No wreckage was ever found...until now. And, it is not just gold the Hyperion is reputed to carry, but a collection of strange zoological specimens. Kate is desperate to recover them, and she and Matt embark on the most dangerous of treasure hunts...


Fasten your seatbelt for some terrific reading ... this is the kind of adventure children love best. The Times Rip-roaring Daily Mail Airborn: 'A terrific, rollicking adventure ... filled with irresistible optimism and zest

-paced adventure with engaging and humorous characters TES Silverwing trilogy: 'cracking stories, brimming with adventure, redolent of great mythical sagas of the past, alive with invention, thoughtful - at times profound and probing - and never faltering when it comes to thrills and page-turning power.

-roaring sequel. Daily Mail

About the Author

Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel wrote his first novel at the age of 15, and enterprisingly sent it to his favourite writer, Roald Dahl. Publication soon followed, and since then he has written more than twenty for which he has won many prizes in his native Canada. He now lives and works in Toronto with his wife and children.

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Paperback (b Format)
464 pages
Interest Age: 11+


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Hodder & Stoughton Childrens Division

Publication date

7th September 2006




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