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Paradigms lost: The blurring of the criminal and civil law models--and what can be done about it (Working paper) [Unknown Binding]

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  • Unknown Binding: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Center for Law and Economic Studies, Columbia University School of Law (1992)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006DM5D6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide, and been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn was winner of a Michael L Printz Honor Book Award, and the Canadian Governor General's Award for Children's Literature; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children's Novel of the Year by the London Times. His most recent book is Starclimber. Born on Vancouver Island, he has lived in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, England, Ireland, and now lives in Toronto with his wife and children.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I came across Oppel by chance and as I sometimes enjoy children's fiction, despite being over 40, and I like fantasy, and the plot sounded appealing, I gave it a try. How lucky I was! This is a terrific book and shows how so-called "junior fiction" can sometimes be much more than that. Set against a slightly mythologised and appealingly different high late Victorian / early Edwardian backdrop, the book features massive luxury airships touring the planet, devoted and brilliant airship crews, vicious pirates, mythic beasts, beautiful landscapes, treasure island and a lovely girl all in one! The main characters are the young airship apprentice Matt Cruse, who is anxious to get ahead in life despite a tragic and poor background, and Kate de Vries, wealthy, talented and beautiful but also tragic through the recent loss of her grandfather. Together they discover an incredible secret - first noted by her grandfather - a whole new and fantastic animal species. What follows is gripping adventure, beautiful description and a fantastically enjoyable and well written story. Brilliant!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Airborn by Kenneth Oppel 2 May 2005
By Moi.
When Matt Cruse, cabin boy of the airship Aurora spots a hot air balloon driftng aimlessly towards the ship, his life is turned upside down. The balloon contains an old, dying man named Benjamin Molloy, who on his travels made many observational notes on some strange creatures that he called 'cloud cats'. A year later, Kate de Vries, the man's granddaughter boards the airship. Pirates attack the Aurora and she crashes onto an island in the middle of the sea. There, Matt and Kate set about scavenging for the cloud cats, amidst a whole pile of trouble that they must dig themselves out of if they want to live. I highly reccommend this book to absolutely anyone. It is fabulous and I don't see why I'm the first to review it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant 10 Aug 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Extremely good, lots of twists and turns, exciting and one of the best books I've ever read. This story has got everything you could want, including pirates and strange creatures. It's like Treasure Island but better.

I would strongly recommend this book to any other child - or grown ups, as my mother loved it too (we took it in turns reading it to each other and couldn't drag ourselves away from it.)

Best of all there's a sequel which I can't wait to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, but worth sticking with 22 April 2005
Format:Library Binding
Matt Cruse is a cabin boy aboard the giant airship Aurora, one of the many dirigibles that cruise the world, in this world-that-might-have-been. But, when he helps in the rescue of a runaway hot air balloon, he finds the dying pilot ranting about beautiful flying creatures. Little does Matt realize that this is the start of a grand adventure that will take him halfway around the world, up against storms and pirates, and on to the end of his rainbow!
My thirteen-year-old daughter gave me this book, and I must admit that I did not know what to expect. Now, the book does start out rather slow, and the first third might leave you wondering if this is really the book for you. But, don't give up on this book, its well worth your time!
I think it is correct to compare this book to the works of Robert Louis Stevenson; the author does an excellent job of creating an entirely new world, where airships cruise the skies and airplanes were never invented, where men wear top hats and women wear hats with feathers and flowers. I enjoyed the radical setting, the characters, and the plot which became quite gripping all the way to the end. So, if you are interested in an exciting read, one that harkens back to a different day and age, then this book is for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for adults too 19 May 2010
By mirask
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It may be a children's book but this is a fabulously entertaining read for adults too. The world Oppel creates is rich, detailed, thoughtful and evocative, and the story quickly draws the reader in with entertaining, well-rounded characters and a well-paced plot that never flags or wanders into irrelevance. One of the best books I have read in a long time, and certainly more entertaining than a lot of books aimed at adults!
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I bought this book for my eleven year old son and started to read it to him at bedtime: ended up borrowing it after lights out and read 'til I finished it.

A real ripping yarn and very enjoyable indeed: good likeable characters and a good tale. Highly recommended.
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