Oppel, Kenneth Starclimber

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Starclimber

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Matt Cruse is back for his most dangerous expedition yet - into outer space!

Boy-pilot Matt Cruse is looking forward to spending a peaceful summer with Kate de Vries. Until they are offered the chance of a lifetime to join the first expedition into space aboard the incredible ship Starclimber.

But many challenges stand in the way: passing the gruelling tests to become astralnauts; facing attacks by fanatical Babelites opposed to the space race; and the unknown dangers that could be lurking in space.

They will have to fight all the way. And even if they survive the journey into space, will they be able to return?

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If you have a boy who is a reluctant reader and only into gaming, Oppel is a godsend. He writes books that will enchant any child of 8+ who loves the Indiana Jones movies, Jules Verne or Tintin.-- Amanda Craig -- The Times, May 23, 2009

Oppel's books are equally notable for their action-packed plots and superb characterization, a combination that is not always easy to find in the fantasy/science fiction genre.
-- The Horn Book

Readers will be enraptured by this gripping tale, which delivers fast-paced fantasy and rich psychological drama.... The protagonists' experiences of social injustices add to the text's philosophical meatiness, making it much more than a simple adventure story. -- Quill & Quire (starred review)

Starclimber is a thrilling roller-coaster ride of a book, full of humor and derring-do and guaranteed to keep readers up long past midnight. -- Kirkus Book Reviews (starred review)

The climax is relentlessly suspenseful, another Oppel trademark, and no reader who comes to the book for sheer excitement will be disappointed. Even more impressive, though, is the cumulative depth and subtlety Oppel has brought to the characters of Matt and Kate over the three volumes of this playful series. -- Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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The climax is relentlessly suspenseful, another Oppel trademark, and no reader who comes to the book for sheer excitement will be disappointed. Even more impressive, though, is the cumulative depth and subtlety Oppel has brought to the characters of Matt and Kate over the three volumes of this playful series.

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