By Eoin Colfer
Conor Broekhart was once born to fly. actually, legend has it that he was once born flying in a sizzling air balloon on the world's fair.
In the 1890's Conor and his family members continue to exist the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days learning the technological know-how of flight along with his instruct and exploring the fort with the king's daughter, Princess Isabella.
But the boy's idyllic existence alterations ceaselessly the day he discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king. whilst Conor attempts to show the plot, he's branded a traitor and thrown into prison at the felony island of Little Saltee. There, he has to struggle for his lifestyles as he and the opposite prisoners are compelled to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions.
There is just one technique to break out Little Saltee, and that's to fly. So he passes the solitary months by means of scratching drawings of flying machines into the criminal partitions. The months become years, yet finally the day comes whilst Conor needs to locate the braveness to belief his progressive designs and take to the skies.
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Airman by Eoin Colfer