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Silverwing (Silverwing Series #1)

Silverwing (Silverwing Series #1)

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by Kenneth Oppel

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Shade is the runt of his Silverwing bat colony, determined to prove himself on the perilous migration to Hibernaculum. During a fierce storm, he loses the others and soon faces the most incredible journey of his short life. This is a fantastic adventure with a plot that soars from the first page.


Shade is the runt of his Silverwing bat colony, determined to prove himself on the perilous migration to Hibernaculum. During a fierce storm, he loses the others and soon faces the most incredible journey of his short life. This is a fantastic adventure with a plot that soars from the first page.

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.

“A tour-de-force fantasy; a can’t-put-down adventure for readers from age eight all the way to adult.”
The Globe and Mail
“Readers with a penchant for losing themselves in fantasy worlds will revel in Kenneth Oppel’s Silverwing . . . A richly imagined work.”

Product Details

Publication date:
Silverwing Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide and been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn won a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award and the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s literature; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children’s Novel of the Year by the London Times. He is also the author of Half Brother, This Dark Endeavor, Such Wicked Intent, and The Boundless. Born on Canada’s Vancouver Island, he has lived in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, Canada; in England and Ireland; and now resides in Toronto with his wife and children. Visit him at KennethOppel.ca.

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Silverwing 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
DW-22 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this story was really intristing. It gets a little cinfusing at some parts, but otherwise, this story was VERY hard to put down!
trace1997 More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just abouslutly loved this book. I am reading other books, but I can't stpop remembering this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book so much. I think this book deserves a huge reward. The author did great on comparing bats to humans. He probably did alot of work on researching into bats too. This author was great. I hope he gets around to wrighting alot more great books. What I'm trying to say is that this book was awesome!! Charlie Age 9
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I loved it!
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Good read for young readers.
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VictoriaLorr More than 1 year ago
Love this story.
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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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Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
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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