A – Vancouver Sun
A classic tale. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a number of novels dealt with undiscovered worlds in either the past or the future. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger series is a fine example, while A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder, by James de Mille, is a classic example of early Canadian science fiction. It's interesting that Oppel has so carefully and consciously modelled his novel on these intellectual forebears. This lends Airborn a literary resonance too often lacking in fantasy writing for young readers. Airborn also has great filmic potential, and the characters will appeal to young male and female readers alike.
– Vancouver Sun