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Au-delà du ciel

by (author) Kenneth Oppel

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Nov 2011
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2011
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 18
  • Grade: 4 to 12



See below for English description.

Matt Cruse, futur pilote, est invité à bord du Starclimber en compagnie de la femme qu'il aime, Kate de Vries, experte en faune et flore de haute altitude. Le Starclimber est un vaisseau qui gravit littéralement l'atmosphère jusqu'au cosmos. Matt compte secrètement demander Kate en mariage, mais avant même qu'ils aient embarqué, elle lui annonce ses fiançailles avec un autre.

Malgré cette terrible nouvelle et la peine de Matt, ils entament leur voyage dans l'espace. Soudain, le vaisseau est assailli de créatures étranges et dérangeantes, et l'équipe doit faire face à un grave problème mécanique. Pour Matt, Kate, et tous les membres du Starclimber, cette fantastique course aux étoiles s'est transformée en lutte pour leur survie.


Pilot-in-training Matt Cruse and his love interest, Kate de Vries, an expert on high-altitude life-forms, are invited aboard the Starclimber, a vessel that literally climbs its way into the cosmos. Matt secretly plans on asking Kate to marry him, but before they even set foot aboard the ship, Kate announces her engagement — to someone else.

Despite this bombshell, and Matt's anguish, they embark on their journey into space, but soon the ship is surrounded by strange and unsettling life-forms, and the crew is forced to combat devastating mechanical failure. For Matt, Kate, and the entire crew of the Starclimber, what began as an exciting race to the stars has now turned into a battle to save their lives.

Original title: Starclimber


About the author

KENNETH OPPEL is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide and was adapted into an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn won a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children’s Novel of the Year by The Times (London). He is also the author of Half Brother, This Dark Endeavor, Such Wicked Intent and The Boundless. Born on Vancouver Island, he has lived in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and in England and Ireland, and now resides in Toronto with his wife and children.



JON KLASSEN is the author-illustrator of This Is Not My Hat, winner of the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and I Want My Hat Back, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. He is also the illustrator of Cats' Night Out, which won the Governor General’s Award; The Dark, a finalist for the same award; House Held Up by Trees, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; Extra Yarn, a Caldecott Honor Book; and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, also a Caldecott Honor Book. He created the concept art for Coraline, the stop-motion animated film based on the book by Neil Gaiman. Originally from Niagara Falls, he now lives in Los Angeles.



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