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Silverwing Paperback

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340743484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340743485
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2 x 19.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,577,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LD on Sept. 6 2003
Format: Paperback
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 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on March 2 2010
Format: Paperback
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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By Anry Ketyam on June 29 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is so amazing....who would have thought you could write a children's fiction novel about bats, and make it enjoyable???? well, if anyone can, it has got to be kenneth oppel, because he has succeded in doing this unthinkable task, that i dont think any author has accomplished.

well, this book follows a trouble-making young Silverwing bat, named Shade, who loses his colony during his first ever migration. along the way of him trying to get back on the right track, he meets many species of bats, Graywings, Brightwings, and even killer bats....but i'm not gonna give away any more, because you have to read it.

if i love it so much, you are probably wondering why I deducted one star. well, this is becasue some scenes are a bit too detailed, especialy the parts where the killer bats are feeding, eww[...] it is still good, and if you can stomach some things that are sort of gross, then you will love this book.

another thing you might like, is that this book is sort of also educational, teaching children about bats, habitat, what they eat, etc.... I am a 13 year -old reader, and i have had the box set, since i was probably about 11. However, with all the other books i read, i didnt read this until a few weeks ago, in june 2006. SO i think this book is great for all ages, a fast-paced adventure
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By A Customer on April 18 2002
Format: Paperback
In the novel "SilverWing," by Kenneth Oppel, the main character is a young bat named Shade who gets lost from his colony when they hibernate. He has to find his way to Hibernaculum, the place where they are going to hibernate. Even though this book is a major cliffhanger that leaves you in a mess of confusion, the good parts in the book make up for the suspense that is not answered at the end of the book.
An interesting part of this book, that is one of the main things that makes up for the awful ending, is that the book is in the perspective of bats. The author mentions no colors except black and white, as bats see the world. At one point in the story the bats see the earth in the daylight, a new and wondrous experience for them since they have only seen the day at night. The author does a fantastic job at describing the world, "It was the same world he's beheld his whole life at night, but now, under the sun's glow, it was transformed." He continues like that making the world seem fresh and new.
An example of this cliffhanger is in the beginning of the book, we learn that Shade's father, Cassiel, is dead. But in the middle of our young hero's journey, they meet an albino bat with a strange gift, a gift to see the present, past, and future. He tells Shade that his father is alive, "The albino bat hesitated a moment before saying: 'He's alive.'" Throughout the whole book we wonder if he'll ever find his father, and at the ending it just drops off.
Another example of a cliffhanger is that also in the beginning of the book, Shade learns a myth about his colony's religion. It is called, "Nocturna's Promise." The bats were once free to fly in the day, until the birds and the beasts had a war.
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By A Customer on Feb. 19 2002
Format: Paperback
In this fantasy, Shade, a young Silverwing bat, along with all of the other bats have safe lives in Tree Haven. But one morning when the dawn chorus arrives, Shade dares Chinook, another Silverwing bat, to go see the sun with him. Although Chinook turns back, Shade wants some respect, so he keeps going. But then out of nowhere, an owl comes popping out, chasing Shade. When he makes it back home he is safe. But, the next day the owl's burn his home down. And when Shade is migrating, more problems arise. A storm strikes sending Shade far out over the sea. But luckily Shade finds a boat and falls asleep on the sail. Later, when Shade wakes up, he finds himself on an island, and he doesn't even know where he is. But, when Shade is flying, he finds another bat named Marina. Then he begins his journey to find his bat colony. He makes new friends, finds help, and eventually finds an "ally" named Goth, along with his partner, Throbb. Shade goes through a long journey only to find out that he was tricked...
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