Airman, Eoin Colfer
This single novel by the same author of the Artemis Fowl series has delivered another good read. I have not reviewed Artemis Fowl to date on this blog, but simply said – they are good books for children (aged about 10 and older). Airman is of similar quality, although rather than fantasy this is set in the 19th century on the Saltee islands off the Irish coast in a fictional kingdom. Conor Broekhart grows up friend of the princess and mentored by the palace tutor, all the time dreaming and planning machines with the capability of flight. Yet, his fortunes quickly change when he is set up and imprisoned for treason. As he realises his only hope of escape is in the air, his long term planning looks upwards. This is a great story of character and the choices people make. He is only a teenager, yet Conor faces adult choices – does he run for freedom, save others, clear his name or just make money? An action packed, fast paced book recommended for those about age 12 and up.
If you like any of Colfer’s books, it’s worth reviewing his website to find more – he has written a lot, and for various ages.