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Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue
Contributor(s): Seymour, Jeff, Helquist, Brett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1524738654     ISBN-13: 9781524738655
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2018
Annotation: When pirates capture a cloudship and its crew, it is up to young Nadya and her friends, all orphans, to rescue the only family they have ever known.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Adventure and adventurers; Fiction.
Airships; Fiction.
Kidnapping; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Transportation | Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure | Pirates
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017033484
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Nadya Skylung
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 5.50" W x 1.25" (0.92 lbs) 303 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Jeff Seymour makes his middle-grade debut with Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue. In addition to writing speculative fiction, he works as a freelance editor. Jeff lives in Indiana with his wife, their son, and two energetic cats. Visit him online at and on Twitter at @realjeffseymour.

Brett Helquist has illustrated many books for children, including the bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more at and on Twitter at @BHelquist.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Seymour's debut middle-grade novel, the first of two set in a fantastical universe, follows resilient, sensitive protagonist Nadya Skylung. She is one of several orphans who comprise most of the crew family on the Orion, a cloudship that roams the skies. Nadya's job is simple but specialized (she cares for the plants and animals that keep the ship aloft) and she has aspirations of one day rising captaining her own vessel. As in all families, however, there are squabbles—especially since Nadya and her crewmate Tam are both angling for the position of first mate. Those family bonds are stretched taut when pirates, rumored to be searching for Nadya, kidnap the adults. It's up to the five youngest crew members to figure how to save the rest. Seymour creates a world with a complicated history and a looming darkness, and the narrative champions community, responsibility, and overcoming obstacles. A tense conclusion will leave readers curious about Nadya's background and place in this absorbing universe, which is given further dimension in Helquist's appealing black-and-white illustrations. Ages 8–12. Agent: Danielle Burby, Nelson Literary Agency. (May)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 May)

Gr 4–6—In a breathtaking fantasy world where ships can both sail in the sea and fly, Nadya Skylung wants very badly to be the next first mate on the cloudship Orion. Her skills tending the cloud garden that keeps the ship afloat are impressive, and her strength proves to be beneficial when the ship needs repairs. However, she has competition from her rival Tam, so she has to work very hard to prove herself while still giving the ship's plants and animals the care and nurturing that they deserve. Suddenly, the Orion is under attack from pirates. The children manage to escape, but key members of the ship's crew are in captivity with the cruel pirates, including the kind Captain Nic, who rescued Nadya and other orphans, and Mrs. T, who is a surrogate mother figure to Nadya. This is a moving fantasy novel with strong world-building, intriguing characters, and touching themes about the meaning of family and sacrifice. VERDICT A well-developed, action-packed fantasy, and a solid purchase for medium and large collections.—Margaret A. Robbins, University of Georgia, Athens

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