A 12-year-old girl and a crew of orphans with special powers must rescue the adults on their flying ship after the adults are kidnapped by a dastardly crew of pirates.
“A brilliantly characterized debut. A stunning read that explores ideas of what bravery means though rich writing, vivid descriptions, and a strong voice. Readers will be eager to explore this breathtaking and dangerous steampunk world set in the sky.” —Booklist
From author Jeff Seymour and bestselling illustrator Brett Helquist (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events) comes this breathtaking fantasy adventure, starring an extraordinary new heroine and set in an unforgettable world where ships can fly.
My name’s Nadya Skylung, and I keep the cloudship Orion afloat.
I don’t do it all by myself, of course, not yet. But I’ll have it figured out soon. I’m gonna learn how to run a cloudship, and then someday I’ll be captain of my own ship, and I’ll fly anywhere I want, anytime I want to—Nadya, the greatest skylung of them all!
It takes a very special crew to keep the cloudship Orion running, and no one knows that better than Nadya Skylung, who tends the cloud garden that keeps the ship afloat. When the unthinkable happens and pirates attack, Nadya and the other children aboard–all orphans taken in by the kindhearted Captain Nic–narrowly escape, but the rest of the crew is captured. Alone and far from help, only Nadya and her four brave and loyal friends can take back the Orion and rescue the crew. And she’ll risk life and limb to save the only family she’s ever known. But . . . this attack was no accident. What exactly are the pirates looking for? Could it be Nadya they’ve been after all along?
Who else loves it? These authors and reviewers!
“Nadya Skylung is one smart, sassy, spitfire heroine with gills. I love her!” —Liesl Shurtliff, New York Times bestselling author of Rump
“Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue has the heart and soul of a classic adventure story wrapped up inside a stunningly imaginative world unlike anything I’ve seen before. It is thrilling, it is emotional, and it is wholly original.” —M. A. Larson, author of Pennyroyal Academy
“Giant air ships powered by cloud plants? A spunky heroine with gills? Crafty fire creatures? You’ll find this and more in Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue, a stunning debut filled with derring-do, surprises, and truly original world building. Fortunately, an action-packed ending promises more adventures for Nadya and her friends. Sign me up!” –J. A. White, author of The Thickety
“Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue is a skylarking adventure chockablock with secrets to unravel. Be prepared for a wild ride—the crew of the Orion quite literally sails close to the wind, and while this book is an exciting stand-alone, it’s clear Nadya’s adventure is far from over. ” –Sarah Cannon, author of Oddity
“With a rich and fascinating world, Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue will float right into your heart. Nadya and her crewmates are the perfect mix of flawed and competent that makes you root for them. Their unique personalities and talents give everyone a chance to shine and be the hero in this grand adventure.” –Janice Hardy, author of The Healing Wars
“A moving fantasy novel with strong world-building, intriguing characters, and touching themes about the meaning of family and sacrifice.” —School Library Journal