Airman by Eoin Colfer

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Conor Broekhart was born to fly. It is the 1890s, and Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days studying the science of flight with his tutor and exploring the castle with the king's daughter, Princess Isabella. But the boy's idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a deadly conspiracy against the king. When Conor intervenes, he is branded a traitor and thrown into jail on the prison island of Little Saltee. There, he has to fight for his life, as he and the other prisoners are forced to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions. There is only one way to escape Little Saltee, and that is to fly. So Conor passes the solitary months by scratching drawings of flying machines into the prison walls. The months turn into years, but eventually the day comes when Conor must find the courage to trust his revolutionary designs and take to the skies.
 

About Eoin Colfer

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Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Airman, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist,Eoin Colfer’s Legend of... books, The Wish List, Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
 
Published May 1, 2009 by Disney Hyperion. 417 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, History. Fiction

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Set at the end of the 19th century, this savage, enthralling melodrama pits a young would-be aviator against a high official so fiendishly clever and evil that his name—Bonvilain—seems a drastic understatement.

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Airman by Eoin Colfer 432pp, Puffin, £10.99 Eoin (pronounced "Owen") Colfer made his name with Artemis Fowl.

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Victor trains Conor as a swordsman, martial artist, and scientist, and Conor naturally excels at all those things – exactly as a hero cut from this cloth is supposed to do.

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Examiner

It is the 1890s, and Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast.

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The Bookbag

If you dislike having to make suspensions of belief, and accepting the baddy really is a bit on the lacking-in-foresight side, you would mark the book down further.

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Teen Reads

Especially not for Conor Finn….” In the 1800s, Little Saltee, an island off the coast of Ireland, had become widely known to those who were imprisoned there as “Hell.” At the age of 14, Conor Broekhart has seen his beloved tutor killed, discovered a conspiracy against the king (who had been like ...

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Grand Prairie Public Library

When Conor witnesses the king's murder by Marshall Hugo Bonvilain, Bonvilain sends Conor to prison and concocts a story about Conor's death for his family.

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