Recommended by a couple of students in Ms. Daly’s class, Leviathan is a steam punk novel for young adults and one of the contenders for the Young Reader’s Choice Awards (Intermediate grades 7-9). When Alek’s parents are assassinated, he is on the run. Heir to the throne, Alek’s life is in danger as his country wishes him dead so they can go to war. Deryn,a young British girl, pretends to be a boy so she can join the Air Service. Somehow both of them end up on the Leviathan, a British air ship, part machine and part beast on a quest to prevent the war from spreading. Part one of a trilogy. Author Scott Westerfield also wrote the Uglies, another great series.