One dark night on the island of Great Saltee, fourteen-year-old Conor is framed for a terrible crime he didn't commit. Thrown into prison by the dastardly Hugo Bonvilain, Conor is trapped in a sea swept dungeon and branded a traitor. He must escape and clear his name; he wants his old life back - his family, his friends...and his princess. Conor ...
One dark night on the island of Great Saltee, fourteen-year-old Conor is framed for a terrible crime he didn't commit. Thrown into prison by the dastardly Hugo Bonvilain, Conor is trapped in a sea swept dungeon and branded a traitor. He must escape and clear his name; he wants his old life back - his family, his friends...and his princess. Conor knows there is only one way out. It's an impossible task, which has never been done before. But Conor is determined to do it. He'll have to fly. Swashbuckling new fiction from the amazing Eoin Colfer, ideal for readers aged 11+.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Corners bumped, some light edge wear; One dark night on the island of Great Saltee, fourteen-year-old Conor is framed for a terrible crime he didn't commit. Thrown into prison by the dastardly Hugo Bonvilain, Conor is trapped in a sea swept dungeon and branded a traitor. He must escape and clear his name; he wants his old life back-his family, his friends...and his princess. Conor knows there is only one way out. It's an impossible task, which has never been done before. But Conor is determined to do it. He'll have to fly.
Fine in Fine jacket. Signed first US edition/first printing of Colfer's adventure with flying machines. Signed directly to title page. All of our first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted. Dustwrappers are protected with clear archival wraps and we pack each book like it's a Tiffany egg.
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Fine in Fine jacket. Signed by Author First U.S. edition, first printing, hardcover. 412 pages. Fine unread in a fine dust jacket with faint crease along top edge of front panel. Mylar cover on jacket. SIGNED by author on title page.
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Near fine in Near fine jacket. Signed by the Author. Near fine condition. Puffin, 2008. First edition-first printing. The book is Signed by the Author on the title page with an inscription and drawing. Black hardback(gilt lettering to the spine, two small dents and scratch on the cover and spine) with Dj(a couple of small nicks and creases on the edges of the Dj cover), both in near fine condition. Nice and clean pages with two small nicks and light shelf wear on the outer edges, a couple of small creases on the edges of the pages, small pencil mark impression on the edge of the title page.426pp. Price un-clipped. A collectable signed first edition.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Childrens Book. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Signed by Author Copyright date 2008, first edition, first printing. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Black cover over boards with gold lettering and design on the spine. Marbled look to the inside front and back covers. No tears, bent pages, nor any writing. Dust Jacket, no tears bent flaps nor is it price clipped. Shelfware to the edges and to the head and the toe of the spine are minor. Bright, clean text. Tight binding, a solid signed book.
(the following summery was taken from fantasticfiction.co.uk)
"Conor Broekhart was born to fly. In fact, legend has it that he was born flying in a hot air balloon at the world's fair. In the 1890's Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days studying the science of flight with his tutor and exploring the castle with the king's daughter, Princess Isabella. But the boy's idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king. When Conor tries to expose the plot, he is branded a traitor and thrown into jail on the prison island of Little Saltee. There, he has to fight for his life as he and the other prisoners are forced to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions. There is only one way to escape Little Saltee, and that is to fly. So he passes the solitary months by scratching drawings of flying machines into the prison walls. The months turn into years, but eventually the day comes when Conor must find the courage to trust his revolutionary designs and take to the skies."
The constant plot twists and double-dealing on the villain's end makes this a real page turner, and the ending is as "happy" and completely satisfying as they come. Thumbs up to Mr. Cofer, for turning out such a great story.
One drawback and/or caution. Distasteful as it may be, Colfer did include a few scenes where the characters used the Lord's name in vain.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-01-28 Colfer's (Artemis Fowl) epic adventure story is winningly voiced by Keating, whose distinctive brogue transports listeners to the remote Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. The narrative begins with hero Conor Broekhart's birth in a hot-air balloon over the 1878 Paris World Fair, showcasing Keating's talent with a French accent, too, as he smoothly slips into the role of Victor Vigny, the aeronautic enthusiast who later becomes Conor's beloved tutor in fencing, fighting and, most importantly, the science of flight. The story turns on Conor's clash with Hugo Bonvilain, the Machiavellian leader of the island kingdom's armed guard, and Keating's sneering characterization gives the villain real menace. Two Americans also feature in the story, and Keating's only bobble here is that these two voices occasionally sound a bit similar, but this is merely a quibble in an otherwise masterly reading of a gripping tale. Ages 10-up. Simultaneous release with the Hyperion hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 12, 2007). (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2007-11-12 An homage both to the 19th-century science fiction of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, and to the superheroes of Marvel and DC comics, Colfer's latest brims with boy appeal. The story starts with the hero's portentous birth in a hot air balloon above the 1878 World's Fair, in Paris. But Conor Broekhart's home lies in the Saltee Islands, two (real) islets off the Irish coast, where he is raised as a favorite son, his best friend being Princess Isabella, King Nicholas's only heir. His key association, however, is with Isabella's tutor, a Frenchman who takes Conor under his wing, instructing him in fencing, fighting and the fledgling science of human flight-a consuming passion for many in the decade before the Wright Brothers' 1905 breakthrough. While the king is a progressive pacifist, his economy hums on the strength of diamonds mined in Little Saltee by prisoners under the control of Hugo Bonvilain, a Machiavellian despot harboring a deep grudge against the king. When Conor inadvertently witnesses a coup d'etat, Bonvilain twists facts to ensure the boy gets sentenced to mining gems in dank caves. The race to fly becomes more than a scientific pursuit; it turns into Conor's only chance to escape. Artemis Fowl fans will flock to this novel, and the polished, sophisticated storytelling here deserves an even wider audience than that bestseller. Conor Broekhart's superpower is his brain, and he uses his smarts to fight tyranny. A tour de force. Ages 10-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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