Silverwing [NOOK Book]

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Shade is a young silverwing bat, the runt of his colony. But he's determined to prove himself on the long, dangerous winter migration to Hibernaculum, millions of wingbeats to the south. During a fierce storm, he loses the others and soon faces the most incredible journey of his young life. Desperately searching for a way to rejoin his flock, Shade meets a remarkable cast of characters: Marina, a Brightwing bat with a strange metal band on her leg; Zephyr, a mystical albino bat with an unusual gift; and Goth, a ...
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Overview

Shade is a young silverwing bat, the runt of his colony. But he's determined to prove himself on the long, dangerous winter migration to Hibernaculum, millions of wingbeats to the south. During a fierce storm, he loses the others and soon faces the most incredible journey of his young life. Desperately searching for a way to rejoin his flock, Shade meets a remarkable cast of characters: Marina, a Brightwing bat with a strange metal band on her leg; Zephyr, a mystical albino bat with an unusual gift; and Goth, a gigantic carnivorous vampire bat. But which ones are friends and which ones are enemies? In this epic story of adventure and suspense, Shade is going to need all the help he can find -- if he hopes to ever see his family again.

When a newborn bat named Shade but sometimes called "Runt" becomes separated from his colony during migration, he grows in ways that prepare him for even greater journeys.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW compared this "gripping" epic starring a bat to Watership Down for the author's use of animal characters in his investigation of tolerance, intellectual freedom and other social concerns. Ages 8-12. May Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
VOYA - Nancy Eaton
Shade, a newborn Silverwing bat, challenges a larger and stronger bat to look at the sun, an act forbidden by the Law that governs bats, birds, and animals. This seemingly innocent dare sets in motion a series of retaliatory events that threaten the existence of the bat colony. Separated from his colony by a storm during their fall migration, Shade joins forces with a Brightwing bat named Marina, who was shunned by her own colony after she was banded by Humans. The two young bats try to find the Silverwing colony while avoiding the vengeful birds. Their task is complicated by the presence of two gigantic tropical bats who escaped from a zoo and are searching for the way south. These two are not averse to killing and eating birds, squirrels, or even bats. A general war among the beasts is imminent. Larger issues of good versus evil and the role Humans play in the animal kingdom are raised, and the door to a sequel is open. Do not miss this rip-roaring adventure by a talented young writer. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6The plot of this book sounds like the perfect adventure for a noble hero: a dangerous journey with a cryptic map and a trusty companion. But here's the catch: the hero is an undersized bat. Shade, a newborn Silverwing, is separated from his colony during their winter migrations. With the help of an exiled Brightwing, he must find his colony and save them from marauding cannibal bats imported from the tropics. In an author's note, Oppel writes that he "liked the challenge of taking animals that many might consider `ugly' or `scary' and fashioning them into interesting, appealing characters"; he has done just that with Shade and his comrades. While these characters are not particularly well rounded, readers will sympathize with the young bat's sometimes foolhardy efforts to prove that he's more than the colony runt, and the villainsfire-carrying owls and six-foot, flesh-eating batswill keep even reluctant readers engaged. However, the greatest strengths of this story lie in its fast-paced, cliff-hanging action and its setting within the hollow trees and bell towers of the bats' monochromatic nighttime world. Recommend this one to fans of Avi's Poppy Orchard, 1995; they won't be disappointed.Beth Wright, Edythe Dyer Community Library, Hampden, ME
Kirkus Reviews
A small bat's curiosity touches off a war of extermination against all his kind in this action-packed odyssey from the author of Dead Water Zone (1993).

In satisfying his desire to catch just a glimpse of the sun, young Shade defies a punishment imposed millions of years before when bats refused to fight in the Great War Between the Birds and the Beasts. In swift retribution, owls burn the ancient nursery of the silverwing bats, forcing them to depart early for Hibernaculum, their winter roost. A sudden storm blows Shade away from the flock; in the chase to catch up, he meets Marina, a faithful companion of another bat species; acquires a nemesis in Goth, a huge, seemingly indestructible tropical bat with cannibalistic tendencies; escapes capture above ground and below; encounters a host of allies and enemies; and finds several mysteries to pursue—why other animals are so ready to wipe the bats out, what the silver bands humans give some bats portend, and especially what became of his banded father. Replete with appealing characters, scary adversaries, bat lore, natural history, unanswered questions, and conflicting theologies, the story takes on a promising epic sweep; readers will look forward to the sequels that Oppel's ending guarantees.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481419413
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Series: Silverwing Trilogy , #1
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 106,238
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Kenneth Oppel has published more than fifteen books for children. In 1995, he won the Air Canada Award for the best Canadian writer under the age of thirty. Formerly the Books for Young People Editor at Quill & Quire magazine, he now writes full time. He lives with his wife and children in in Toronto, Ontario.
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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    Absolutely Enthralling for Young Readers

    One of my absolute favorite books in grade school, I highly recommend it to parents looking to entice their child into the world of literature. Mesmerizing and captivating - this book will draw all who read it into the exciting and beautiful world of the Silverwings!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2006

    Great Ending

    I only gave this book 4 stars because the ending was good but the beginning wasn't that good. Actually it was one of the best endings I have ever read, and I don¿t like fantasy books. Here is what Silverwing is about. It is about a young silverwing bat named Shade. He is the runt of the colony. He is always trying to prove himself. He breaks the law that the bats can¿t see the sun. That law keeps the bats safe at night. Now all the silverwings are mad at him. But one isn't. Frieda is the only one who doesn¿t hate him. She even shows him the echo chamber. This chamber has all the silverwing history, that is constantly echoing off the walls! But Tree Haven, the nursery roost where bats are born, gets burned down because Shade broke the law. Shade has one last chance to prove himself on a dangerous migration. But in a storm Shade gets blown out to an island. Here he meets Marina, a brightwing bat. Together they fly back to shore and continue the migration. When they get to the city, they meet Zephyr who is keeper of the spire. He can see into the past and future and he is helpful to them in their journey. Along the way, Shade and Mirana meet Goth and Throbb, giant jungle carnivorous bats, who were captured by humans and escaped. They try to trick Shade into letting them take Shade's colony into the jungle where they would make them their slaves. But the humans capture them again. So Shade and Marina go on. They find a hut where all the bats have bands. They believe they can become human. They also go to a rat kingdom where he meets a half bat half rat. He helps them escape. I won't tell you any more or it would give away the ending. This book had a slow beginning but an awesome ending. My advice is, although the beginning is somewhat boring, take time to read it because it gets much better as the book goes on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Nightwing, chapter 1

    Skimming over the banks of a stream, Darkness heard the beetle warming up its wings. He flapped a bit harder, accelerating to 10 mph as he homed in on the musical whine. He was almost invisible against the night sky, the streaks of black flashing in the moonlight. Airborne now, the beetle was a whirl of shell and wing. Darkness couldn't see it, but he could hear it. Caught in his echo vision, the insect hummed and glowed in his mind like a shadow edged with silver. Braking sharply, he caught the bug by its left wing, and threw it into the air. The bug dropped down in front of him, and he lunged at it, his mouth opened. He caught it with his jaws and crunched down with his teeth. Almost at once, he tasted the beetle meat and savored the flavor. He swallowed it whole. The beetles were the best food in the forest by far. mealworms tasted okay, but the mosquitoes tasted awful, but were the easiest to catch. All you had to do was open your mouth, and you probably caught a bunch. He ate so much mosquitoes that he lost count. He spun a web of sound, searching for the rarest insect: the tiger moth. His moter had told him for the past twenty nights to eat a lot more, and he was doing that. He already gained a bit of wheight. Darkness grimaced as he caught a mealworm and swallowed it. He closed his eyes for a moment. Suddenly his ears pricked up. He heard the drumming of a tiger moth's wings! He flapped way too hard, nd already caught up with the tiger moth. All of a sudden, a flash of black cut in front of him and ate the tiger moth. " That was mine!" Darkness yelled angrily. " You had your chance, runt." And suddenly, a peal of laughter rang out. He turned to see who had called him runt. Oh, he thought. It's shadow. Another newborn. " That was delicious," shadow said. Flaring his impressive wings, he landed gracifully onto a branch. The others on the tree were friends of shadow. One was griffin, and another was osiric. They were always together, and were always a wingbeat away from shadow. Runt. He always hated the name- even though it was true. Compared to shadow, he was very small. He was born early and had barely enough strength to cling onto his mother's fur. After a week of drinking his mother's milk, he had already gotten stronger. " Shadow, that was incredible." Griffin said with enthusiasm. " the way you swooped down on it." " that was number two this night." " Two?" Said griffin. " no way!" Darkness flew at shadow and punched him in the jaw. " Weakling!" Said shadow, and everyone started laughing again. " Anyways, my mother says we're leaving in three nights to hiba-hiber-" " hibernaculum" murmured Darkness. "Yeah," Shadow said, not looking at him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Love it!

    Can you add a girl bat named auroura?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Dusk

    Awesome! At one point in the series is this?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Shade the runt of the colony is in big trouble. Cannibalistic b


    Shade the runt of the colony is in big trouble. Cannibalistic bats, Goth and Throbb, have run into Shade and a bat, named Marina who is banded by the humans, and plan to get to Shade’s colony the, Silverwings who he got separated from in a storm, before they do.
    Kenneth Oppel has written SilverWing, the first of the SilverWing Series, as a fantasy in which a bat named Shade is separated from his colony and has to save his colony for cannibalistic bats and to go see the sun. There was a big war of birds and beasts and the bats weren’t involved so both sides banished them from being in the daylight. I think this book fits well in the fantasy genre and it is a really good book for all people even adults.
    The runt of the Silverwing Colony, Shade, fights for the rights of bats to be in the daylight and to save his colony from Goth and Throbb, two big cannibalistic bats, and the help of a banded bat, Marina,.

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  • Posted June 28, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Beautiful

    Love this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2009

    My 7 year old likes it a lot

    She finds this book interesting, and would like to read more in the series. Her favorite thing about this book is the character, Shade. Shade is cute, according to her. Read the series! Boys like it, too.

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  • Posted April 12, 2009

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    Silverwing was both an educational and enjoyable read.

    This was both an educational and enjoyable read. Oppel takes on a mammoth of a project in anthropomorphizing a generally unknown animal like a bat. However, unlike many who fail at the attempt, he succeeds without question. The entire time, Shade always remains a bat in the reader's mind, with the description of the lifestyle, the senses, the landscape, and the overall world. Its strongest suit is in the educational element, which is captivating the reader as well as informing them. There is no question that anyone will have a much clearer understanding of the world of bats after reading this book.

    The mythology is unique to bats, or at least unique to humans in regards to bats, and that adds an element of credibility, making the bats appear to have their own history separate of humans and other animals. My only gripe would be that sometimes it's a little slow, and I'm wondering why I care so much about a story involving bats. However, the fact that I keep reading is to Oppel's credit as a storyteller. It's a fun read, and I recommend this to children ages 8-13 and adults interested in fantasy and nature.

    -Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com

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  • Posted January 15, 2009

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    A GREAT READ

    this is the first novel I'v ever read and I'v been hooked on reading ever sense. I read it when I was 8 and now I'm 11 and I have a little library of my own. and if my story didnt convince you this should this is the story of a silverwing who's determined to bring bat's back into the sun and incounter many dangers on the way like two bats who eat there own kind can shade betat them to his colony or is shade doomed?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD!

    I liked the book Silverwing because of the action, suspense, and fantasy. The book is about a newborn silverwing bat named Shade who was lost from his colony by a storm. Now he will need all the help he can get to make it back to his colony.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2007

    Slverwing Review

    silverwingis great. The TV series (episodes on YouTube) has some extra stuff in it, but the book is still my favorite. Read it and you won't be sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2007

    Silver Wing was an AMAZING book!!!!!

    Silver Wing is about a bat named Shade who is the runt of the litter. There is one bat that is constantly making fun of Shade because he is so small and is not strong at all. His name is Chinook. All of the other Silver Wing kids look up to Chinook because he is the 'big shot'. There is a constant battle between the 'Birds and the Beasts'. The Birds are all of thee birds in the forest. The Beasts are cats. I really enjoyed reading the Silver Wing and usually I don't like to read much. This book is an easy read and is also very informational about how bats live and there hard ships.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2007

    Absorbing Action

    Silverwing was one of the best books I've read in a long time. The story is easy to get hooked on, and I really liked how the author gave all sorts of different emotions and thoughts to the animals such as feeling lost or thinking of somebody else as a traitor. This made the characters seem more believable. I also didn't notice any big weaknesses in the book to distract you from the story. I recommend this book to anybody that's somewhat interested in adventurous books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2006

    So cool!

    It was Great !I loved it so much... It was also suspensful and cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2006

    ._. omfg

    Silverwing and Sunwing ownz all books, but Firewing is owned by all books. Bikuz the ending is terrible. Why Shade have to die? He didn't deserved it. And why the stupid Goth got back to life? Really, this is the first story where the evil wins at the ending. Im still hope Oppal write another book: Shade is revived, Goth is killed, and everyone live a happy live for the rest of their not lived lifes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    One of the best books I ever read!

    I read the book as a group at school, and now I find myself with the Trilogy Boxed Set!Great for fantasy/animal fiction book lovers! Shade, Marina, Goth,Zephyr, they are all so cool!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2005

    AWESOME BOOK!

    This is one of the greatest books I have ever read. I read this in 3rd grade and I still love them! The characters are great, plot is great, and everything else is great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2005

    The Lowdown

    Reading this series is almost enough to make you sprout your own wings and FLY. From beginning to end, all three books in the Silverwing saga are..well, there aren't enough words to describe them. Shade, Goth, Marina, and everyone else are the most amazing and unexpected characters you will ever meet-and their adventures are the most intense you will ever find. For me, obsessed is an understatement. After reading Silverwing, Sunwing, and Firewing, you will not be able to get them out of your mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2005

    Can't stop thinking about it.

    I just abouslutly loved this book. I am reading other books, but I can't stpop remembering this book.

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