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The Library Minute with Elizabeth and Peyton

The Library Minute with Elizabeth and Peyton

In Avon Schools, our libraries are hubs of activity. They are centers of learning, imagination, and excitement. In each issue of Oriole Blast, we'll feature a select book review by an Avon student. In addition to enjoying the chance to hear from them, maybe they'll get you hooked on a book.

Our names are Elizabeth and Peyton. We are members of the AMS South Book Club.

In a world where airships rule the skies, majestic creatures hide on the horizon, and pirates patrol the clouds, adventures lurk just around the corner. In Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn, Matt Cruse, a cabin boy on the Aurora, and Kate de Vries, a high class, rebellious explorer, find themselves together on an unexpected journey.

In a hot air balloon, an old man spots something quite strange circling the balloon. It is larger than other birds with stubby legs and bat-like wings. However, the creature is not as cute as it may seem with its razor-sharp claws, omniscient eyes, and fearsome teeth that can shred anything to pieces. Nonetheless, Kate boards the Aurora on her journey to Australia in hopes to sight the creature. While on the ship, she meets Matt, and their “worker and passenger” relationship turns into much more. Still, dangers lurk in the shadows, and the ship takes a turn for the worst. As the stakes get higher, mysteries begin to unfold.

This compelling book is highly recommended to anyone who likes adventure, mystery, action, or romance. You can get this book at your school library, Avon-Washington Township Library, or read a copy online.

If your child is inspired to check out this recommendation, they may get it from their school library, by visiting our friends at the Avon-Washington Township Public Library or pick up a copy online.


  • AMS South
  • Literacy
  • Students