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I admire Eoin Colfer's writing, and I very much liked this book. There is plenty of adventure, and the main hero faces a lot of perils-- maybe a few too many. There are some very violent confrontations and death of a beloved mate in this book. There are times when things are very bleak for the main character. if you have a young reader who is sensitive, I might keep off on this till they're older. But for the reader ready for this, they will have fun learning about the inventions as well as the society.
I love this book. I'm a mid-50s woman, so I'm not really in the demographic, but I really have fun it and have read it multiple times. There are a few instances of violence that might bother a sensitive kid, but I would recommend it to most without reservation. The first chapter is a small - meh - but don't allow it throw you, the rest of it is great!
Airman is a unbelievable book by author of the Artemis Fowl and Half-Moon Investigations series', Eoin Colfer. This time he has ticked all my boxes in an action packed, hilarious and well-written piece of e descriptive language, the humorous pieces and the exceptional style created me believe it is one of the most entertaining stories I have ever read. Four and a half stars, no doubt about it!Based a couple hundred years ago, it starts off with a boy named Conor obsessed with conquering the skies and building planes. It then delves into all parts of his life, which all come in handy for the climax when troops leader Hugo Bonvilain thinks of a dastardly plan to become a kind of dictator on the little but incredibly rich islands that they live om princesses to luminous coral to blind musicians and the mysterious 'Sheep', Colfer has produced a truly delicious feast with unrivaled skill.I recommend it for all those with a amazing understanding of a brilliant story and a touch of humour as well.Wonderful book, and we once again applaud the magician that is Eoin Colfer.
Reading this book I was reminded of the style of writing from the late 1800s/early 1900s. This story is sort of a mixture of several other famous pieces of literature, written for the more modern reader. Some sub stories and characters didn't seem to be properly resolved. Still a mostly enjoyable book overall. I could see this being created into a film at some point.
Eoin Colfer was on my brother's bookshelf when I visited him. The cover called to me; so I ordered my own copy. What a unbelievable adventure story. Conor Broekhart's travels from the young precocious student to becoming witness to political assassination to prisoner to fugitive to character is a breathtaking plot! Colfer's villain, Bonvilain is so dastardly that it makes the novel entertaining, not bogging us down so much with the psychological intricacies of hero development. What Colfer does exquisitely well is show us with well-drawn and distinct characters that move the story's plot briskly, making it a page turner. The budding romance with the lovely Princess Isabella adds sweetness to what at times is a brutal story in the prison mines. I particularly liked Declan Broekhart's sense of duty and loyalty and his attempt to balance this work dedication to his love for his family. Marketed for the younger reader, it also an perfect read for the adult reader. This is an enjoyable adventure. Enjoy!
Like the unbelievable Artemis Fowl series, and several other latest books for young readers, "Airman" is about a clever 14-year-old Irish boy. I anticipated that Eoin Colfer would be capitalizing on his successes by creating another related hero and story. However, this is a far more complicated and layered book, and when I was halfway through it I decided that it was already one of my all-time favorite reads. I am an adult reader who enjoys a lot of "children's books" and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about young adventurers. Don't read the lengthy reviews that detail the entire story line -- just read this book and have fun it as it unfolds.
There are few authors writing for young people today who have as much ability as Eoin Colfer. He could easily write best-selling long form fiction for adults, but luckily for us, he concentrates his unique abilities into weaving fanciful tales that are appropriate for school libraries. Nearly all of his tales are set in or involve Ireland, and he brings the magic of the Emerald Isle to every line of his prose. Airman is a suspenseful tale that is a fitting homage to The Count of Monte Cristo. Airman tells the story of Conor Broekhart, a young man born in a hot air balloon, destined for greatness in all things. One inexplicable twist of fate puts Conor on a path of survival, and ultimately, revenge in this frenetically paced, edge-of-your-seat page turner, set versus the backdrop of a fictional empire built on the true Saltee Islands off the coast of Ireland. Intrigue, politics, love, betrayal, high-adventure, flight... This book really has it all. Young and old, male and female alike will love this book. Fans of the Artemis Fowl series will appreciate the intelligent dialogue and careful pacing, as well as the dynamic characters. For me, Eoin Colfer is among the two or three finest writers alive that writes for young people. This book is rare gem.
The kindle ver is terribly formatted, and it makes this text book unreadable. I'm into my first assignment in the first chapter, and I've already found errors in typing. All of the lists in the book (and there are many!) spread out to one item per page, making a easy list take up 12 pages. I would strongly encourage anybody using this text to use a print version. Seriously avoid the kindle ver of this text
This book draws on such a deep, private experience of what it's like to live each day with a tracheostomy and ventilator. Kip Jackson's perspective is invaluable to anyone in the medical field and anyone facing decisions similar to living with ALS. He wrote the entire book with his eyes through his speech devices. It's inspiriting, insightful and a tool that will be used for years to come.
Exceptional book. Not for a casual reader but underpinnings are Political Science so it breaks things down in an orderly, deeply explained manner. Examples used are based up to the late 20th century when the book was written. The book still applies to current globe situations but reader is left to create those connections on their own.
A sometimes difficult read but always a heartwarming story of a family dealing with what life has dealt them. Its an inspiration to read how Kip and Robin, with help from loving family and friends, handle the everyday happenings that most of us take for granted.
Cogent and practical chapters on dealing with the challenges that unfold with the disease. A lot of links to internet resources, some stale but most with vital information. The author’s optimism in the face of his experience of the disease is heartening. As a caregiver I will refer back to this book often.
I have heard of ALS for years but never had a true understanding of its ramifications. This book is very helpful in helping those diagnosed with ALS to create amazing decisions regarding their care. It is a amazing resource also for family and loved one affected by ALS. I would definitely recommend this book as a amazing put to begin to better understand this medical situation.
I had to this text for a class I was taking. At first I was frustrated with the fact I had to a book! After continuous study and use, I found this book to be an wonderful addition to my knowledge.
This book might as well be written in German... It makes no sense, obviously the people who created other reviews are either fake, or did not actually read the book. What a total mess of nonsense compiled together to confuse and infuriate the readers.
I had to obtain this text for a class. It's not my favorite just because it's a text book.. but it is easier to understand than other books I have read for classes.
I had to read this for my class. It was very informative and actually an simple read. Just [email protected]#$%! wasn't so expensive. I would like to add this to my educational library.
I never thought I would ever give a text book anything above average, but this book was well laid out, provided nice simple to relate to references, and didn't talk above you. It was a shorter read than some of the other text books that I had to obtain and still gave the same full information. A nice reference.
This book takes a long dry boring approach to explaining a lot of various complex concepts. The info presented is fantastically detailed and very useful for the student of organizational behavior. It starts off with some concepts which are tangentially connected to the topic, but then veers back on course and gains some momentum, only to fall off again at the end with a long convoluted diatribe on school reform, which is in summary a complicated analysis of an insoluble problem.
Not poor once you obtain accustomed to the writing style. Very textbook like. Read and reread. Packed with educational terminology that could be simplified. Relieved to have completed it.
The objectives in this textbook are clear: the writer wants to add a practical work to the body of organizational and leadership theory for education practitioners that addresses the theories in a method which clearly indicates their usefulness in practice. This tone is established in the opening story of a newly-graduated scholastic school administrator who is told what she learned in her classes will not be very useful in the "real world." This, the author indicates, is a sad situation that needs to be addressed. Themes of the text contain 1) examining organizational structure and the components important to understanding educational institutes' operations and 2) understanding leadership processes as they relate to schools' effectiveness. The culture of an organization is given specific consideration as the author describes that it may be "the most necessary thing to which educational leaders attend, and it is fundamental to leadership. One who leads a school must thoroughly understand its culture and either commit to maintain the school's values and beliefs or work to change them," (p. 63).The book begins with an overview of the history of organizational theory including the classical approach (akin to assembly line), behavioral approach (considers more of the human dynamic) and systems approach (views organizations as living organisms). The second chapter introduces typologies used to categorize organizational structure. This section also provides an elaborate look at the possible roles education may play in society and how those roles have changed over time. One concept that is particularly helpful in understanding contemporary educational challenges is the idea of persistent dilemmas which constantly "push versus one another, causing tension or conflict within the organization," (p.29) and the author identifies both internal and external dilemmas schools will likely face. In chapter three the info concerning systems theory helps practitioners understand that an organization may be beyond linear, rational or bureaucratic classifications and that there is an "interplay between formal and informal systems" (p. 56).Chapter seven is perhaps one of the most effective for showing the theory to practice connection. In dealing with motivation as it relates to leadership (and therefore organizational effectiveness) Possibility is particularly successful in helping the reader understand why people may behave in certain ways, the environmental components that may affect behavior and the impact different leadership behaviors can have on schools. She explains, "Motivation is inextricably tied to the tasks of educational leadership as school leaders strive to develop an effective learning environment where teachers are motivated to teach and students are motivated to learn," (p. 144). Chapter 10 with a very current problem that those currently working in educational leadership will recognize: increasingly being a change agent. For students this will be a useful chapter in preparation for the potential changes they will be asked to create and the fallout that happens when few if any of the stakeholders seem happy with the changes.A particular strength of the text is in the structure in which the author uses the applied case studies. Each chapter ends with a case study and analysis to support illustrate how the theories discussed translate to an educational setting. Because each chapter ends this way, it helps the reader understand the intricate theories that have been introduced. This would be especially helpful to the beginning master's student who can sometimes have a issue connecting theory to practice. An extra strength is how leadership theory and practice are woven into a lot of facets of the text and can be used to support those in education understand the types of leaders they may be, the types of leaders their colleagues may be, as well as what types of leadership (transformational, transactional, visionary, moral, etc.) may be appropriate and most effective in different contexts and how leadership tactics can impact the different stakeholders in an institution. The author also suggests moving past stereotypical labels for leaders and managers (calling this too simplistic) and attempts a deeper understanding of the differences and overlaps of the two roles (another showcase of using theory to move toward practice).A possible weakness in the text may be a lack of practical app for dealing with conflict management in school scenarios. The concept is show in the text, but readers may obtain the idea that conflict avoidance is the better path for leaders. Much leadership research would suggest otherwise. I don't believe the author's intent was to suggest avoiding conflict; however, there is not as much attention in this zone as in e text is suitable for current education practitioners and those studying the field. I would recommend the book for master's level classes on scholastic education research, theory and/or organizational structure. The book is extremely painless to follow with bulleted lists of how each chapter will be applicable to school leaders, the case study examples, and suggestions for student exercises. The author meets her intended goal of writing a book for educational leaders who want to search a method to connect theory and practice. If the provided case studies do not support readers draw theory to practice conclusions, I am not sure what can.
I found this book to be informative and very current to what is event in organizations presently. It is simple to read and understand and has appropriate examples. Every student of leadership and those in leadership positions must have a copy - it is that good.
I bought this book for an online Public School Law class and it took almost 10 days to arrive at my house. I quickly realized that this book had missing chapters and on the back of the book this is printed: "This is a unique adaptation of an established title widely used by colleges and universities throughout the world. Pearson published this exclusive edition only for the benefit of students outside the United States and Canada. If you purchased this book within the United States or Canada you should be aware that it has been imported without the approval or permission of the Publisher or the Author" I recommend not buying this book from RMillestexts. They also charge a 10% restocking fee, even though it was misrepresented in the online description. Very disappointing.
I do not like the Kindle ver of this book. This is my first time using a text book in Kindle format and will be my last!!! E-books have been amazing for me, but I am not able to scroll through pages easily and navigate. Very disappointed.
This is not the book you are looking for. It is an abridged ver of the actual book which is hardcover only. If you're looking for the book of this title, you have to the hardcover. This paperback doesn't have all of the chapters. It's a knock-off version, as it states on the back that this ver is for international students, and if it has been purchased within the US it was imported without illegally.
Needed for school law class. Interesting to read but at times difficult to understand. If I was a law student I would have probably been more familiar with the jargon and understood it, but being in education, it would have been helpful to have been written with the audience of the teacher in mind. I had to look up some cases just to search out the outcome of the case since it wasn't written in such a method that seemed obvious.