By Eoin Colfer
Conor Broekhart was once born to fly. it's the Eighteen Nineties, and Conor and his kin survive the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days learning the technological know-how of flight along with his coach and exploring the fortress with the king's daughter, Princess Isabella. however the boy's idyllic existence alterations eternally the day he discovers a dangerous conspiracy opposed to the king. while Conor intervenes, he's branded a traitor and thrown into detention center at the felony island of Little Saltee. There, he has to struggle for his lifestyles, as he and the opposite prisoners are pressured to mine for diamonds in inhumane stipulations. there's just one solution to break out Little Saltee, and that's to fly. So Conor passes the solitary months by means of scratching drawings of flying machines into the criminal partitions. The months develop into years, yet finally the day comes while Conor needs to locate the braveness to belief his progressive designs and take to the skies.
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Airman by Eoin Colfer