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Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue

(Nadya Skylung #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  25 reviews
From debut author Jeff Seymour and bestselling illustrator Brett Helquist (Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events) comes this breathtaking fantasy adventure, starring an extraordinary new heroine and set in an unforgettable world where ships can fly.

It takes a very special crew to keep the cloudship Orion running, and no one knows that better than Nadya Skylung, who
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Read the second book in this series as a sensitivity read, but since that's not on Goodreads yet, I'm adding this one for my Goodreads challenge.
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I don't think this title gives a good sense for the depth of this book, honestly. I skimmed over it on the library shelf and didn't give it a lot of thought, figuring it would be light, with a yo-yo plot bouncing between cartoon danger and feeble character development. I was probably influenced by The Star Thief by Lindsey Becker, which also featured an airship, and The League of Seven by Alan Gratz, which featured the same illustrator. Needless to say I disliked both
Becca Kaplan
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I treasured reading Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue! This book is a wonderful page-turner of an adventure, in an imaginative world that I absolutely fell in love with.

Nadya is a wonderful heroine. She is strong, smart, stubborn, competitive, lovable, and curious.

Beyond the rich characters, it was the world that I fell in love with most. I continued to feel surprised by new details about the enchanting universe and the characters’ special abilities that allow them to engage with their su
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the mix of technology and magic in this story. The heroine and the whole crew are interesting both as individuals and for their relationships with each other. The setting is great the cloudships are super cool. Overall it reminds me of some of my steampunk favorites while still being unique.
A.M. Morgen
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Only after I finished reading this book did I realize that none of the action takes place on dry land. How cool is that? Nadya is a skylung who has special abilities that allow her to care for the plants and animals living inside a large balloon on a cloudship. She's hoping to be promoted to (temporary) first mate, but she has some stiff competition from the other kids on board. And then...pirates!

The worldbuilding in this book is outstanding, rich and full of hidden gems. The beauti
Ben Langhinrichs
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's another Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, and I have a wonderful new book to recommend, perfect for the occasion. Jeff Seymour's debut middle grade novel is an absolute delight, and I am already eagerly waiting for a sequel.

Nadya Skylung is a member of the crew of the Cloudship Orion, which in this richly imagined world plies its trade from city to city powered by a cloud garden. Nadya's role is to help keep the plants in the garden happy and healthy. (Far more than just tending to
Liz Friend
The story: Nadya wants to be first mate on the steampunk cloudship Orion, but competition is stiff, and she's desperate to find a way to pull out ahead of Tam, her competitor. But when Captain Nic is kidnapped by pairates, Nadya and Tam, along with the rest of the group of orphans crewing the Orian, will have to learn to work together or fail when the Captain needs them most. And possibly end up dead.

June Cleaver's ratings: Language G; Violence PG; Sexual content G; Nudity G; Substan
Teresa Edmunds
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
What a fun adventure story for kids! Nadya lives a wonderful life among the clouds with her friends. Though she has little memory of her parents, Nic, the owner of the ship, looks after her well. He looks after the rest of the crew too, all kids found around the world, all needing a home. One day, a dark fog overtakes their ship. Before they know it, sky pirates board the ship, take captive the 3 adults, and steal the ship! Now Nadya and the rest of the crew must repair the ship, fight pirates, ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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Silas Hauser
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be an interest grabber from the start, and the story filled you in on background exactly when needed. The characters each had distinct personality, and anyone could relate to at the very least Nadya, who was the eccentric and easy to like main character. This imaginative story took me on quite the adventure and depicted life as a Skylung on an airship in fair detail. The only reason I would hold back on a rating would be the fact that the whole story (minus brief flashbacks) ...more
Teresa Osgood
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
My oldest likes to listen to a band that sings about being "the only airship pirates." Well, I found some more. Of course, these are in a cloudship, which is like an airship, but with a really interesting system of buoyancy. The pirates are definitely the bad guys, and the story is really about their victims, a bunch of kids with interesting talents. The story is exciting and tense, with real emotions about some really weird goings-on. Oh, and the kids use fall protection as they climb the riggi ...more
Margaret Robbins
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have a more detailed review forthcoming in School Library Journal, as I obtained an ARC. This book was basically Serenity/Firefly for middle grades students. I loved the fantasy elements and the world building. Nadya is a really neat and creative female fantasy character, and readers of all ages will love her. I found myself wanting to know more about some of the minor characters, but this book definitely lends itself to a sequel and/or series. I would definitely read the next installment. I w ...more
Stephen Merlino
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this middle-grade fantasy novel. What a wonderful world the author created here--skyships like pirate barks with huge dirigibles lifting them into the air, and even more imaginative explanations for the "tech" that makes them fly and the beings who run them. This is a refresheningly imaginative world, and the author has peopled it with memorable characters and a young heroine who is believable and lovable and battling against really unfavorable odds. Two thumbs up!
Anita McDivitt Barrios
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
New arrivals at the library means a whole new crop of great reading!

Got my hands on these new series starters, and they're fantastic.

It features Nadya Skylung, a young girl with gills, who tends to plants in a dirigible-type ship to keep it afloat. When pirates raid the ship, she learns they are collecting skylungs like herself -- for some mysterious, unrevealed reason.

I've got the sequel on my TBR pile already!

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May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually really liked this book. It was an imaginative story with interesting characters and a timeless feel. It was a cross of Airborn and Abarat and Firefly and Peter and the Starcatchers. With some fantasy thrown in that tied it all together.
Cecilia Rodriguez
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Narrated by Nadya Skylung, Seymour's plot is a unique fantasy adventure.
Brett Helquist's black and white illustrations accent the action and help
with the flow of the story.
A good introduction to a series.
Samantha Reed
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun book for middle grade readers with a lively, brave female lead.
Julia Rutledge
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Beth KD
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg
Review to come, but this is a lively, fun new MG world with a charming narrator in Nadya!
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
The prose was often overly descriptive--enough to take me out of the story a little--but the plot was gripping and the world is fascinating. I hope he intends it to be a series.
Adri is Reading
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
New things at every turn - Emotional and exciting!
Laura  Kendall
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nadya is bright, adventurous, and also a bit stubborn, which I loved. This book was filled with danger and adventure (at an appropriate level). Nadya and her friends experience fear, confusion, and loss when they're attacked by pirates but work together to save themselves. I would gladly take another ride on the Cloudship with these kids.
this audiobook review was written for and appears in AudioFile Magazine.

Hannah Jay narrates this skyborne adventure with a steampunk twist. The titular character has a fascination with creative writing; she employs poetic language to describe her life aboard the ORION, a cloudship populated by orphaned youth who round out the crew with their variety of magical powers. Jay's honeyed voice is well suited to Nadya's first-person storytelling, particularly her bouts of lyricism. When pirates attack
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Jeff Seymour writes hopeful, heartfelt fantasy that blends modern characters with timeless plots and offers something new and fantastic on every page. His debut middle-grade novel, Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue, was published by Putnam Young Readers in 2018, and his epic fantasy Soulwoven got over a million reads while being featured on Wattpad. In his day job as a freelance editor, Jeff ...more

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