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Silverwing [Paperback]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Silverwing- an amazing adventure! Sept. 6 2003
This book is really amazing! It's about a small, runty bat named Shade. Ever since the battle between the beasts and the birds, the bats have been banished from the sun. Now Shade wants to see the sun. The only problem... OWLS! The owls burn down tree have, the homne to all of Shade's colony of Silverwing's. In the end, the colony has to travel to their hibernation for the winter early. But! Shade gets lost in a terrible storm and is shipped over to an island where he meets Marina, a brightwing. Together they travel to try to find Shade's colony. Then come Goth and Throbb, two jungle bats who's wingspn can reach up to 3 feet! That's a lot bigger than shade and Marina! If you're really interested you can watch Silverwing on channel 486 at 8:00 Saturday nights. I would highly recommend this book for all ages. It really is an adventure that you should go on!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. March 2 2010
When I first read this book 10 years ago it blew me away. I was in university at the time, and doing a children's lit course, and read a number of award winners to supplement the 15 or so books we read for the course. This book was one I picked up that summer and I have been a huge fan of Kenneth Oppel ever since. This story is a coming-of-age story; it is the story of Shade a young silverwing bat who is the runt in his colony. During the annual migration to the colony's winter roost, he is separated from his friends and family. Shade sets out to find his colony and alone and desperate he braves the outside world. As winter approaches he must find his colony or a safe haven quickly, or else he will perish.

This book is very well written, told in the black and white world of a bat and echo vision. The story is fascinating and the adventure runs non-stop. The first time I read this I could not put it down. This time through I took it a little slower and really savoured the book. It won 11 literary awards and has numerous sequels now. Pick it up for an excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read for readers of almost any age. Feb. 16 2014
By Brady
I read this book about 6 years ago, and the Silverwing trilogy (and the Darkwing prequel) still stands as one of my all time favorites. Fantastic read from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story! Jan. 3 2014
By Melinda
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was purchased for a Children's Literature course and I loved it! It's a keeper that I will certainly lend out and recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book Oct. 14 2009
Amazing book. The writer has a way of writing that makes you just want to keep reading. He is such a good writer. This is a pageturner. I really, really recommend it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Tale of Courage and Perseverance Oct. 13 2007
By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER
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.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silverwing - A Guaranteed Winner Sept. 30 2002
2 Thumbs Up for Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel.
My 10-year-old son and I have just finished reading Silverwing and we both give it 5 stars out of 5.
Silverwing is the story of Shade, a yearling bat and runt of the colony. What Shade lacks in size and strength he makes up for in curiosity and intelligence.
The story is set in a world where bats have been banished to the night. Long ago they refused to take sides in the war between the beasts and the birds and we all know what happens to neutrals. Shade is unwilling to accept this and his goal is to bring the sun to his people.
The story starts with the colony preparing for it's annual migration to the winter roosting site. Shade gets blown off course on the first night of the migration. With only a sketchy sound map to guide him Shade must use all of his determination and bravery to reach the winter roosting site.
What follows is a series of page turning adventures and cliff-hanging chapter endings that make the book hard to put down.
More than an adventure this is a story about what one person can accomplish if they use their head and believe in their dreams.
Caution. This is the first book in a trilogy. You will want to have book 2 on hand when you finish it.
One final comment from my son - "Better than Harry Potter".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Page-Turner Nov. 8 2008
By Nicola Manning-Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
When Shade a young Silverwing bat is blown off course during his colony's migration south, he is determined to find his way back to them. An impending war between the bats and birds, and a hungry vampire bat recently escaped from a observatory make his journey even more challenging. I couldn't put this one down. An utterly compelling story with interesting characters. The book ends with a set-up for the next in the trilogy and I'm looking forward to reading it. Recommended.
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