Airborn Goes to Outer Space

Here’s some cool, Canadian YA news: RobertThirskandAirborncourtoisiedelaNASAleaf

Airborn by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel has accompanied Canadian astronauts Julie Payette and Robert Thirsk into space.

Airborn is the story of a 15-year-old cabin boy aboard a 900-foot airship who sets out to find a mysterious flying creature.

The book is part of  Thirsk’s Official Flight Kit (OFK) containing 11 items which recognize select Canadian organizations and the ideals they represent. Airborn represents the Canada Council for the Arts. Thirsk selected the PagecouvertureAirbornbook in recognition of the fact that he is a descendant of Sir John Buchan, Lord Tweedsmuir of Elsfield, the Governor General who established the Governor General’s Literary Awards in 1936. Airborn won a Governor General’s Literary Award in 2004.

“Flying these nationally distinguished books into space serves as an important symbol of the value of literacy, education, and exploration through knowledge and imagination.”

Canadian Space Agency press release


Posted on July 23, 2009, in by Erin and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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