AirBorn By: Kenneth Oppel
Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city. It is the life Matt's always wanted; convinced he's lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist's granddaughter that he realizes that the man's ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious. One night pirates raided the ship. They rob the ship and leave it crippled, leaving the crew of the Aurora no choice but to crash on a nearby island which Matt and Kate discover to be the home of the creatures Kate's grandfather saw. Matt and Kate both go onto the island to look around and one of those creatures is exactly what they see. They find it in a tree it looks like a bats relative. They then head back to the ship where Kate’s chaperone was franticly looking for her. They go back on to the boat and when the boat is being fixed Kate and Matt go back to get the skeleton and then discover a pirate camp. The pirates did not recognize them so they stayed in the camp and Kate used her pants to blow them up and escape. When they got back from their adventure they put the skeleton in a museum. In the end Kate’s grandfather was right and Matt found his soul mate.
The conflict of this story is that Matt and Kate get stuck on this island where they are trying to find these creatures Kate’s grandfather told Matt about. The rising action that leads to the climax is Matt saves a an old man who happens to be one of the passengers grandfathers who ends up dying and tells matt about these amazing creatures he’s seen. The climax is when they find the creatures on the island and get stuck in a pirate camp. The resolution is when they escape and bring...
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