Shade, the Silverwing Bat, has three strikes against him. One, he's smaller than other bats his age; two, he has no father, and, three, his overpowering curiosity to see the sun results in the destruction of his colony's home. During their migration, a fierce storm forces Shade far off course from his mother and their colony. He lands on an island, where he meets a young Brightwing bat named Marina who's been ostracized by her colony for wearing a ban placed on her by humans. Together, Marine and Shade experience adventure and danger on their quest to find Shade's colony.
Kenneth Oppel's fantasy novel, SILVERWING, is a heartwarming tale of courage, perseverance, being different, and struggling to answer some pretty deep questions about how the world works, and how one survives all types of obstacles.
My son read this book with his sixth grade class, and liked it enough to want to read the book again a year later. The narrative descriptions are vivid, and many young readers will relate to the range of emotions a young bat experiences in his struggle to survive in a confusing and frightening world.