Twins Arthur and Maudie receive word in Lontown that their famous explorer father died in a failed attempt to reach South Polaris. Not only that, but he has been accused of trying to steal fuel from his competitors before he died! The twins don't believe the news, and they answer an ad to help crew a new exploration attempt in the hope of learning the truth and salvaging t Twins Arthur and Maudie receive word in Lontown that their famous explorer father died in a failed attempt to reach South...

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Author:Vashti Hardy
ISBN:Sky-Ship Adventure #1
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

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  • Charlotte
    Jul 11, 2019
    A gorgeous adventure! Twins Arthur and Maudie are left destitute in an alternate version of London when their father never returns from a voyage in his airship to reach the South Polaris on the mysterious Third Continent. He's considered guilty of failing to render aid to his chief com...
  • Peter
    Feb 20, 2018
    A great fun younger mg steampunk adventure. Fast paced and filled with broad, bubbly characters and bright, colourful world building, with lots of different sights to see. The friendly and enjoyable writing style evoked the feel and tone of Aardman?s pirates, or a classic kids anime-...
  • Lily
    Apr 22, 2018
    What good fun! I read Brightstorm in just one day, which is pretty rare for me. It's the first book I read for the #primaryschoolbookclub on twitter. It's engaging right from the start and takes you straight into the plot and the intriguing world of the characters. Twins, Arthur and Ma...
  • Angela Brown
    Apr 25, 2019
    Brightstorm is a dashing tale of exploration and adventure. It?s a perfect read for intrepid souls who have known the ache of wanderlust, or for anyone dreaming of a far away adventure. Joining Arthur and Maudie on their quest to reach far wild unexplored lands, the Brightstorm t...
  • Seawood
    May 27, 2018
    I received a copy of Brightstorm from Toppsta and was very keen to read it - but then it was chosen for #primaryschoolbookclub, so I put off reading it until the end of April. Circumstances then conspired that I wasn't able to read it in time to join in, but my goodness I wish I hadn't...
  • James
    Dec 24, 2017
    Brightstorm is a rip roaring adventure stuffed to the cogs with steampunk charm. This brilliant new book introduces us to an exciting new world full of skyships, sapient creatures, brave explorers and the wickedest nastiest baddie that you will just LOVE to hate! The story gall...
  • Nichola Grimshaw
    May 05, 2018
    I enjoyed this! The relationship between twins Arthur and Maudie is lovely - they?re two very different characters but they make a third character in combination. I enjoyed: ? the machines and engineering (and the *women* who excel at it) ? the villains (who are PROPERLY na...
  • Laura Noakes
    Mar 04, 2018
    A sparking-ly good MG debut that feels like A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS meets COGHEART. ...
  • Steph
    Mar 01, 2018
    A brilliant adventure, filled with friends, siblings and an evil villain. I absolutely adored this fast paced adventure. There?s some brilliant animal friends who help out too! Kids being brilliant and determined? Best kind of stories! ...
  • Sinéad O'Hart
    Mar 16, 2018
    This marvellous book sucked me right into its world from the very first page, and I couldn't leave it out of my hand until I'd finished it. I loved the characters - child, adult, and animal alike! - and every one of them could have their own book, such is the skill with which they are ...
  • Anthony Burt
    Jul 28, 2018
    This is a totally absorbing, no-holds-barred magical adventure by Vashti Hardy! If you?ve ever dreamed of soaring through the skies in your own sky ship, then you must must must read Brightstorm as it is fantastic, thrilling fun. Following the disappearance of their father, Arthur...
  • Justine Laismith
    Nov 23, 2018
    This is a middle grade adventure. Twins Maudie and Arthur set out in a sky-ship to find their missing explorer father. The setting is probably Victorian time, in a world with a First, Second and Third Continent. The first continent looks like the south of England. The second continent ...
  • Kat Steiner
    Jun 14, 2019
    So fantastic and fun and lovely and heartwarming and silly! This is what I wanted Space Captain Smith to be, but sadly that was sexist and a bit rubbish. A perfect children's steampunk sky ship adventure, with all best aspects of the Edge Chronicles and Northern Lights, although admitt...
  • Ana
    Mar 17, 2019
    The loveliest book I've read recently <3 Recommended for both children and adults who love fantasy and adventure. It has a vibe of Jules Verne and Lemony Snicket ...
  • Eilis O sullivan
    Jan 02, 2019
    This is actually a really good adventure novel. Each twist in the plot is twisty and shocking, which cannot be said for all children's fiction. The element of sadness and despair that clouds over the beginning of the novel luckily doesn't last by the time they take off in their skyship...
  • Maia Moore
    Feb 26, 2018
    Original review posted here * I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review * This was a fantastic middle-grade story, jam-packed full of action and adventure, family and friends and flying machines! When Arthur and Maudie?s father is reported dead o...
  • Mark
    Jun 15, 2019
    I got to admit that this was a nice story well written. Not overly complicated plot but with enough pace to let it flow rather well to the slightly predictable end. I say predictable, for as an adult I have ready many plot twists and turns and there is selddom anyting new. As a middle ...
  • Frances
    May 28, 2019
    I instantly took to the characters in this great adventure fantasy story. Sad things happen as well as good but it is a real page turner. I look forward to more books by this author! ...
  • B.B. Taylor
    May 04, 2018
    If you loved Northern Lights, then you need to read this, new worlds, exciting adventures and a story that leaves you turn page to page until you get to the end. I want to go and visit the three continents in a Sky ship and visit the thought wolves too! ...
  • A.J. Avery
    Jan 07, 2018
    This book in 3 words - Thrilling, friendship, thought-wolves Here are three things I think you need to know about this book: 1) This story is jam-packed with high stakes adventure both on the ground and up in the air. Maudie and Arthur have a name to clear and a score to settl...
  • Jane
    Dec 09, 2018
    Take a winged ship, a missing father and a great injustice. Add in twins Arthur and Maudie and a range of other compelling characters, both good and bad, and you have the recipe for an exciting adventure. Top that off with quicksand, wolves, caves and tunnels and you have Brightstorm. ...
  • Kerry Mintern
    Apr 02, 2018
    A storming adventure that?s full of heart. I loved it! ????? A storming adventure that?s full of heart. I loved it! ?????????? ...more ...
  • Stephen Connor
    Dec 09, 2018
    A thrilling, slow-burner adventure that really sets its pace in the second half. Arty and Maudie are twins who are determined to clear the name of their father, who, presumed dead, has been accused of sabotaging another sky-ship?s voyage in order to gain glory for himself. They d...
  • Sophie Jones
    Aug 04, 2018
    Brightstorm is a lovely little adventure. In the beginning, I found it very reminiscent of books like 'a series of unfortunate events'. Its very easy to read and I would recommend to ages between 8-14. The book takes you on a huge adventure through a world unknown to you. We chase ...
  • Scott Evans (MrEPrimary)
    Mar 07, 2018
    ?A scintillating, spectacular, spirited and special debut ? the right kind of adventure? one that?s really going to go down a (Bright)storm!? Batten down the hatches, start the propellers, look out through your binoscopes and soar! As we board sky-ships Aurora, Victoriou...
  • Amy (Golden Books Girl)
    Jan 27, 2018
    Vashti Hardy`s debut is so incredibly special, and I can`t wait for everyone to be able to read it. It`s about twins Arthur and Maudie as they set off on a skyship adventure and attempt to clear their dad`s name of stealing fuel from another ship on his last expedition. I absolutely lo...
  • Book-Social
    Mar 19, 2019
    The Blurb: ?Twins Arthur and Maudie Brightstorm receive word in Lontown that their famous explorer father has died in a failed attempt to reach the southernmost point in the world. Not only that, but he has been accused of stealing fuel before he died! The twins don?t believe t...
  • Teri B
    Apr 14, 2019
    This was an interesting read in so far as I was really interested to read this book, but then got into somewhat like a reading slump half way through. I loved the two main characters of this story, Maudie and Arthur Brightstorm, twins, who set out onto an adventure of a lifetime, sa...
  • Nicola  Alone
    Apr 11, 2019
    3.5/5 stars The ending saved this book. Things I liked -The fact that the most of the characters in this story were strong female leads; I loved Harriet and Felicity especially. Harriet needs her own spin off where you hear about her adventures. -The thought wolves- I was a...
  • Lilyfae
    Mar 31, 2019
    Vashti Hardy?s Brightstorm is a fantastical steampunk sky ship adventure with a world and atmosphere reminiscent of a ?standing on the shoulders of giants? pre-war era of discovery and expedition and the thrill to be the first human to reach or achieve something. There?s echoes...