Airman by Eoin Colfer made a high flying family book club! It is set in the era of the first aeronautical innovations on a small sovereign island country supported by diamond mining. The brilliantly clever Connor Broekhart faces down the evil conspirator who took the lives of his king and his mentor. Besides his love for flying, Connor gives us plenty to talk about with his sword play, quick thinking and even quicker action in the face of danger.
After discussing our most and least favorite parts of the book (Who wouldn’t be impressed with a witty and heroic escape from a fiery tower?), we made our own airplanes – the paper kind. What good are airplanes without some kind of contest to demonstrate their effectiveness? We had a couple of tests for distance. I need to come up with a better design since I lost both contests.
Fortunately I shone on our next activity, paper airplane races on Wii Playground. I was the first to win 2 rounds. It’s always fun when I can beat my kids at a video game, especially when it doesn’t happen very often.
We finished off our meeting with ice cream cones with sprinkles. Somehow the kiddo in charge decided the sprinkles represented the fireworks in the book. (I would tell you more, but I don’t want to be a spoiler!)
If you are looking for an adventure for the whole family, be sure to check out Airman. This book has something for everyone – a little romance, a lot of adventure – and you might even sneak in a little history from the time period.
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