The Resource Airman, Eoin Colfer

Airman, Eoin Colfer

Label
Airman
Title
Airman
Statement of responsibility
Eoin Colfer
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the late nineteenth century, when Conor Broekhart discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king, he is branded a traitor, imprisoned, and forced to mine for diamonds under brutal conditions while he plans a daring escape from Little Saltee prison by way of a flying machine that he must design, build, and, hardest of all, trust to carry him to safety
Storyline
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Tone
Writing style
Award
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2015.
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2009
Review
  • Gr. 10-12 Author of the popular Artemis Fowl series, Colfer ventures into slightly different territory in this fantasy, which has the heft of historical fiction; a subset of characters whose physical attributes reflect their evil natures; dry humor; visceral horror; and swashbuckling action that keeps the story from becoming overly dark. Born in the basket of an air balloon, Conor Broekhart is sure he is destined to fly. But at 14, he accidentally witnesses the murder of his tutor and the sovereign of the tiny Saltee Islands where he lives, and everything changes.Villainous Marshall Bonvilain throws him into prison, convincing him that his family believes him guilty of the crime. Thus begins his new life as inmate Conor "Finn," who devotes his considerable abilities to breaking out of prison. Colfer grapples somewhat awkwardly with a few literary issues here: should he, for example, allow his hero to commit murder? There are also huge time gaps that are distracting and occasionally stall momentum. Readers may not notice, however, with so much else going for the book. -- Zvirin, Stephanie (Reviewed 02-01-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 11, p38)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 7–10— From the popular author of the "Artemis Fowl" series (Hyperion/Miramax) comes a swashbuckling adventure and spectacular fantasy for somewhat older readers. Born in a hot-air balloon at the Paris World's Fair in 1878, Conor Broekhart is destined to fly. Until the 1890s, he lives an idyllic life on the Saltee Islands off the Irish Coast, with Princess Isabella as his best friend; Good King Nick like a father to him; and a science tutor, Victor Vigny, who shares his obsession with making a flying machine. Everything changes when Conor witnesses Marshall Bonvilain murder the king with Victor's pistol, and he is labeled a traitor and thrown into prison, which is a brutal hell of nightmarish torture where inmates must mine for diamonds under impossible conditions, and he must plan an escape if he is to survive. Grippingly written, this is a fast-paced, highly entertaining tale of flying machines, criminals, martial arts, swordplay, princesses, poisons, and evil villains. The themes are as sweeping as the Airman's wings in full flight: justice, revenge, romance, good triumphing over evil, realizing one's dreams, blackmail, regicide, conspiracy, corruption, betrayal. While the often dark and gruesome subject matter is not for the faint of heart, the moral underpinnings of the story are solid. Give this not only to fans of "Artemis Fowl" but also to those who delight in flying through Kenneth Oppel's "Matt Cruse" books (Eos).—Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME --Connie Tyrrell Burns (Reviewed January 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 1, p116)
  • /* Starred Review */ 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. On the Saltee Islands, a tiny kingdom off the Irish coast, 14-year-old Conor's idyllic life with best buddy Princess Isabella takes a brutal turn when Bonvilain secretly throws him into the diamond mines as part of a murderous plot to overthrow the local monarchy. Against steep odds, Conor survives and, several years later, engineers an aerial escape that leads to a wild climactic melee. Laced with explosions and sudden violence, well-stocked with ugly customers and replete with cliffhangers, this high-flying page-turner will keep readers riveted to their seats from opening gunshot to final sword thrust. (Science fiction. 12-15) (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2007)
Awards note
A Junior Library Guild selection
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
229341
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Colfer, Eoin
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Interest level
Grades 5-8
LC call number
PZ7.C677475
LC item number
Ai 2008
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 10
NLM call number
Colfer, E.
Reading level
5.8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Lone Star Reading List, 2009-2010
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Flying-machines
  • Prisoners
  • Adventure stories
  • Inventors
  • Islands
  • Little Saltee (Ireland)
  • Ireland
  • Children's stories
  • Flying machines
  • Prisoners
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Inventors
  • Islands
  • Saltee Islands (Ireland)
  • Ireland
  • Adventure stories
  • Children's stories
  • Flying-machines
  • Inventors
  • Islands
  • Prisoners
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Airman, Eoin Colfer
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. Broekhart. The princess and the pirate -- La Brosse -- Isabella -- Treason and plot -- pt. II. Finn. Little Saltee -- In the middle of wynter -- The devil's fork -- Conor Finn -- Light at the end -- Unlucky 14th -- To the queen, her crown -- pt. III. Airman. Angel or devil? -- The soldier's return -- Heads together -- Home -- Snakes in the grass -- Tangled web -- Heavier than air -- Time apart
Control code
ocn166872410
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
412 pages
Isbn
9781423107514
Lccn
2007038415
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)166872410
Label
Airman, Eoin Colfer
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. Broekhart. The princess and the pirate -- La Brosse -- Isabella -- Treason and plot -- pt. II. Finn. Little Saltee -- In the middle of wynter -- The devil's fork -- Conor Finn -- Light at the end -- Unlucky 14th -- To the queen, her crown -- pt. III. Airman. Angel or devil? -- The soldier's return -- Heads together -- Home -- Snakes in the grass -- Tangled web -- Heavier than air -- Time apart
Control code
ocn166872410
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
412 pages
Isbn
9781423107514
Lccn
2007038415
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)166872410

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