Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805096309, 309pp.
Publication Date: November 12, 2013
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?
"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