Oppel's Movie Moment

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The Province

Kenneth Oppel confessed to a seminal movie moment Monday after accepting the 2004 Governor General's children's literature prize for his latest novel, Airborn. "Someone asked me what the most memorable event in my childhood was - it was at a book conference, too - and I scandalously said it was seeing Star Wars for the first time," said the 37-year old Toronto author.

"Some people got quite mortified that I would even dare to say this at a book festival. But it was true."

Recomended - Report of acceptance speech given by Canadian author, Kenneth Oppel, on receiving the 2004 Governor General's children's literature prize for his latest novel, Airborn.

Andrea Deakin writes of Airborn:

In the alternative world of Kenneth Oppel's Airborn luxury airships fly over the Pacificus, operating only in charted skies. Matt Cruse, fifteen-years-old, is a cabin boy on the Aurora. He is following in his dead father's footsteps, training to be a sailmaker and, if fortune smiles, a captain. When we first meet him he is undertaking the daring rescue of an elderly balloonist who speaks, in his dying moments, of beautiful winged cat-like creatures,"Kate would've loved them". A year later Kate de Vries, the granddaughter of the balloonist, comes aboard as a passenger. Through the sharing of her grandfather's diary the two become close friends who face danger together as air pirates board the Aurora, leaving her badly damaged. A storm forces the battered airship to set down on a desert island. Oppel's invention is totally convincing. It is a world in which the "what ifs" of invention have come to pass; in which a Nineteenth Century swashbuckling adventure can come true and feel true. In Airborn masterly storytelling offers mystery, adventure, discovery and growth. It is a tale in which courage, quick thinking and loyalty exuberantly succeed.

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