Sky Thieves

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Welcome aboard, welcome to the world of sky thieves...


A world of meteor storms, sword fights, midnight raids, floating islands, and long-lost treasure.


​Zoya DeLarose wakes aboard a creaking sky ship in the dead of night. She has no idea why she was smuggled aboard or that her life is about to change
forever. With the deadliest of enemies closing in, will she find the strength to soar, or will she
plummet from the skies?

​Published by: Oxford University Press

. Shortlisted for the Salford Children's Book Award 2019

. Shortlisted for the RED Book Award 2019

. Shortlisted for the Derbyshire Schools' Book Award 2019

. Shortlisted for the Brilliant Book Award 2018

. Shortlisted for the Reading Rampage Award 2018

. April 2017 Debut of the Month at

. Book of the Week at

. Chapter Book of the Week at

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Praise for Sky Thieves

“Evil pirates, fantasy adventure of the most brilliant kind...
This is a whirlwind of a tale; of fights, raids, islands in the sky, treasure, evil pirates (yes, it seems there are some GOOD pirates out there as well as those good old-fashioned bad characters), friendship, bravery and family… This is a remarkable, brilliant and rather fantastic piece of piratical adventure that anyone with a spark of life should enjoy - a traditional adventure with a twist - superb. Go and buy a copy or two..."

Susan Chambers / Waterstones Finchley

“High adventure in the clouds
When Zoya is kidnapped from outside the orphanage that has been her home, she wakes up on board the sky thief ship The Dragonfly.

The thieves of the Dragonfly only steal from the rich and, like Robin Hood, give to the poor. More a family than a band of pirates, they still have to avoid the authorities and Zoya begins to find out more about her own family and life as a pirate.


Zoya is headstrong and a little undisciplined, but has a good heart and has to use her wit and bravery to defeat Lendon Kane, the man who killed her parents.

A good old fashioned adventure of good verses evil, action packed and a fun read."

Sharon / Waterstones Maidstone

"Classic good versus evil tale with a colourful cast of flying thieves and unlikely heroes. Original, exciting and full of interesting characters and vivid action scenes, Dan Walker has created an excellent air-borne adventure story in Sky Thieves."

Andrea Reece / LoveReading4Kids

"This is the stuff of classic swashbuckling fast-moving adventure, complete with a wonderful cast of gloriously named characters, a deliciously evil baddie and a feisty heroine coming into her own."


"The main protagonist was an instant hit...The story had us both gripped throughout and it had us literally at the edge of the chair cheering them all on."

Just_Me / Goodreads

"Sky-high adventures on an air-ship crewed by Robin Hood style pirates and a life or death battle against an evil nemesis make Dan Walker’s new book a thrilling read from beginning to end."

Matthew Martin / Books for Keeps

"...a fantastic and original mix of swashbuckling and steampunk."


"'s a thoroughly entertaining and fast-paced read. A highly promising start to what looks to be a thrilling series."

Claire Wilkins / School Zone

"An exciting adventure for younger readers that adults can (and will!) enjoy just as much."

Nicola Reads YA

"...the story becomes a whirlwind of a tale of fights, raids, islands in the sky, treasure, evil pirates (yes, it seems there are some good pirates out there as well as those good old-fashioned bad characters), friendship, bravery and family…It's superb…Enjoy it!"

Sue Chambers / Sue and Pakka's Reviews