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Uncrashable Dakota

Release Date: November 12, 2013
Publisher: Henry Holt / Macmillan
Interest Level: Grades 7 and up

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In 1862, Union army infantryman Samuel Dakota changed history when he spilled a bottle of pilfered moonshine in the Virginia dirt and stumbled upon the biochemical secret of flight. Not only did the Civil War come to a much quicker close, but Dakota Aeronautics was born.

Now, in 1912, the titanic Dakota flagship embarks on its maiden voyage. But shortly after the journey begins, the airship is hijacked. Hollis, the young heir to the Dakota empire, is plunged into the midst of a long-simmering family feud. On the run in a labyrinth of passageways and staterooms, Hollis begins to unravel a high-stakes plot involving his grandfather Samuel’s mysterious legacy.

The fight to keep the ship from falling out of the sky is just the beginning.


Praise for Uncrashable Dakota

The race to stay airborne while thwarting the hijacker’s plans will have readers cheering.
— Booklist
For anyone who likes a well-told adventure in which the family mystery is cleverly interwoven among breakneck action scenes.
— Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books