Uncrashable Dakota

Andy Marino

Henry Holt and Co.

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In 1862, Union army infantryman Samuel Dakota changed history when he spilled a bottle of pilfered moonshine in the Virginia dirt and stumbled upon the biochemical secret of flight. Not only did the Civil War come to a much quicker close, but Dakota Aeronautics was born.

Now, in Andy Marino's Uncrashable Dakota, it is 1912, and the titanic Dakota flagship embarks on its maiden flight. But shortly after the journey begins, the airship is hijacked. Fighting to save the ship, the young heir of the Dakota empire, Hollis, along with his brilliant friend Delia and his stepbrother, Rob, are plunged into the midst of a long-simmering family feud. Maybe Samuel’s final secret wasn’t just the tinkering of a madman after all. . . .

What sinister betrayals and strange discoveries await Hollis and his friends in the gilded corridors and opulent staterooms? Who can be trusted to keep the most magnificent airship the world has ever known from falling out of the sky?

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ON A CLEAR, bright morning in April of 1912, Hollis helped his mother cut the ribbon that hung across the first-class entrance to the Wendell Dakota. It was a two-person job, because the scissors, like the airship, were enormous. One of the silver blades caught the sun and beamed it across the faces of the crowd gathered at the Newark Sky-dock; everybody blinked at once. The blades snapped together. There was a momentary hush as the halves of the ribbon whipped and fluttered in the wind. Then the crowd erupted into cheers.

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"For anyone who likes a well-told adventure in which the family mystery is cleverly interwoven among breakneck action scenes." —Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
 
"Will have readers cheering . . . . This will appeal to steampunk enthusiasts who enjoyed Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan trilogy or Kenneth Oppel's Matt Cruse trilogy." —Booklist
 
"Air travel is reimagined in this  . . . alternative-history novel." —Kirkus Reviews
 
"All the fundamental elements of good, solid steampunk: Victorian sensibilities, an enormous airship, a plucky inventor girl, an alternate history . . . " - School Library Journal

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Andy Marino

Andy Marino was born and raised in Clifton Park, New York. He graduated from NYU and currently lives in Queens. He is also the author of Unison Spark.

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Uncrashable Dakota
Andy Marino

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
November 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780805099584
ISBN10: 0805099581
Young Adult Fiction320 pages
Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
$9.99

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Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
November 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805096309
ISBN10: 0805096302
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
$17.99
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