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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: mystery, adventure, fantasy, steampunk, humorous stories
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 29/Jan/2019
Fry Reading Level: 2.9
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Prince Conn will never be king. And that's just fine with him. He's ninth in line for the pirate throne and is quite happy to sail the skies in his airship with his crew of cheery misfits, plundering as they go. But one by one his siblings are being murdered, in tragic fires, violent cannon attacks or mysterious poisonings. Soon all fingers are pointing toward Conn as the mastermind. To prove his innocence, Conn must make his way to Skull Island, navigating his airship through a gauntlet of villains, explosions and betrayals. Can he reach his father's kingdom before it's too late? Or will he suffer the same fate as the rest of his family?

CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"Filled to the brim with humorous dialogue and vivid action sequences, Death by Airship is sure to become a favourite with adolescent readers across all genders and reading levels…A novel that jumps off the page, leaving a vivid impression in the memories of its readers."
Must Read Literature: K thru 12
“The mystery keeps readers on the edge of their seats and the lower reading/ high interest level as well as the brevity of the book will not intimidate reluctant or struggling readers.”
Saskatoon Star Phoenix
"Slade, a master of gung-ho, young adult novels, mixes plenty of drive-ahead action and plot contrivances with his much-loved sense of humour."
McEvoy's Musings blog
"This is a wonderful read…The Pirate clan is a fascinating family, and I desperately want to know what the next adventure is! Another great read from the masterful pen of Arthur Slade! Hazzah!"

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