By Eoin Colfer
Conor Broekhart was once born to fly. in truth, legend has it that he used to be born flying in a sizzling air balloon on the world's fair.
In the 1890's Conor and his kinfolk continue to exist the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days learning the technological know-how of flight along with his train and exploring the fort with the king's daughter, Princess Isabella.
But the boy's idyllic lifestyles alterations eternally the day he discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king. whilst Conor attempts to show the plot, he's branded a traitor and thrown into penal complex at the felony island of Little Saltee. There, he has to struggle for his existence as he and the opposite prisoners are pressured to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions.
There is just one strategy to break out Little Saltee, and that's to fly. So he passes the solitary months via scratching drawings of flying machines into the criminal partitions. The months become years, yet finally the day comes while Conor needs to locate the braveness to belief his innovative designs and take to the skies.
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