by Scott Westerfield
Simon Pulse (Simon and Schuster)
Suggested Age: 10+
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Description: Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn war machine and a loyal crew of men. Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.
With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.
Mini Book Review: Intriguing Steampunk novel for the middle school and YA reader. I struggled a little with the fantasy element as it is not my favorite genre, but still found myself enjoying the story and wanting to know more. The illustrations were spectacular (even on this Kobo edition) it actually made me go out and buy a copy for Jake so that he can read it in a year or two. The characters are likeable and well developed, especially Deryn, who I just adored. The storyline moves pretty quickly with plenty of action and some nice light humor. All in all I would definitely recommend it to the more mature middle school reader and the younger or more reluctant YA reader. Both boys and girls will enjoy as the story is told from both a male and female protagonists voice. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series which I think I will start to read on the way home.
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