Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869

Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869


By Alex Alice

Published by First Second


Recommended for children of 10-14 years

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Our young adventure-seeking misfit, Seraphin, dreams of going to the skies to find his mother who mysteriously disappeared years earlier in a hot air balloon. He and his father live in the sprawling castle of the Bavarian King Ludwig, where they work on plans for a great airship. They get entangled in a conspiracy between warring royal families, and must figure out how to foil the plans of mysterious figures trying to sabotage their flying machine. This sets up the scene for a wonderful story of espionage, adventure, and humorous mishaps. The pages are packed full of stunning watercolour illustrations that create a world similar to the works of Hayao Miyazaki. The start of a great historical fantasy series!