Sunwing (Aladdin Fantasy) Paperback – 2001
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Kenneth Oppel gives a bat's-eye view of the horrors of animal testing in Sunwing, the sequel to his popular and award-winning novel for middle readers, Silverwing. Shade, the lost baby bat of the first book, has rejoined his colony only to lose his freedom as the bats plunge into a mysterious human building they believe is paradise. The building's vast interior forest, with its teeming insects and eerie absence of owls, certainly seems like Eden. But Shade and his Brightwing friend Marina, now young adults, discover that the humans have a sinister motive for befriending the bats--they are using them as unwitting suicide bombers over a jungle war zone.
In addition, the bats are threatened once again by Goth, the giant jungle bat with the cannibalistic tastes and irrepressible knack for survival of Hannibal Lecter. This time he has a plan for making his god, Zotz, supreme: to be explicit (and Oppel is), by ripping out the hearts of 100 imprisoned bats, owls, and rats. Shade's and Marina's race to save their companions from this two-pronged threat makes for exciting and occasionally terrifying reading.
Once again Oppel immerses readers in the world view of his tiny flying mammals. It becomes second nature to see things upside down, hide in crevices, squint at the brightness of the sun, and sense danger through sound vibrations. Particularly chilling is his portrayal of the humans' laboratory, with its concentration-camp-like indifference to life. In Sunwing, Oppel offers breathless suspense while eliciting our compassion for these misunderstood creatures of the night. (Ages 9 to 12) --Lisa Alward
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8 In this sequel (S&S, 2000) to Kenneth Oppel's Silverwing (S&S, 1999), Shade, a silverwing bat, and Marina, a brightwing, continue their search for Shade's father. They are drawn to and enter a pseudo forest built by humans and, although the bats there call it "Paradise," Shade soon realizes it is a prison for the animals. He is selected along with other bats, and a disc is sewn on their abdomens. When they are flown to a target and released, Shade just manages to escape the fate of most of the bats - exploding when they hit the target. Shade joins a group of other survivors and learns that his father is possibly still alive but about to be sacrificed along with other bats and animals by a colony of vampire bats led by Shades old nemesis, Goth. Shade enlists the help of rats and owls to stage a dramatic rescue. John McDonough's word-for-word reading of this exciting tale is well-paced, expressive, and clear. Although this story will be better appreciated by listeners familiar with the first book - and fan's of that book will certainly want to hear this one - this sequel stands on its own. -Louise Sherman, formerly Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, N
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By Kenneth Oppel
My book is SunWing and the author is Kenneth Oppel. SunWing in my opinion is a great book, you'll see what I mean when after your read this. The best part of the book was that when Shade's colony flew into a vast jungle made by the humans and Shade tries to find a way out. (pages 27-100). I liked the story when the character, Boreal said "The truth is everything," said King Boreal and the truth is everything. (page 290). I was really surprised that a really big bug (a preying mantis) was trying to eat Shade and Chinook for supper in the jungle. (pages 142-143). The story character Shade reminded me of me when I was young and a risk taker and a trouble maker when Shade risked his life and went through a lot a trouble just to escape. The quote that really moved me was "There is no promise and the humans are cruel, they're using us to bomb buildings." This quote is was said by Shade and if Shade didn't tell the other bats and Chinook they will all explode if they land from the bomb attached to them. Exciting isn't it? Well if you don't read the book you'll never know the ending. So I suggest you read the book see how exciting this is. After that tell your opinion to your friends about this book or recommend this book to the world on www.amazon.com.
He and his friends are soon swept up into a world they could never have imagined, transported to Latin America and the jungles. They soon become embroiled with the Vampyrum Spectrum bats and their king Goth. The little silverwing with heart, busts battle bats with 3 foot wing spans and other animals and creatures formerly unknown to him. Can Shade unite rats, small bats and even owl's in a battle against Goth who is trying to turn the world into eternal night? The story woven around mythology and legends and actual animal behaviour is wonderful to read - it is a page turner and you will not be able to put it down.
This is a dark story, one that is not expected. The evil creatures are very evil and there are scenes that make you squirm. The characters are compelling and life-like. A page-turner of a book that made me stay up late to finish. All the plot lines left open from the first book were resolved and the book has a complete ending giving no indication that there will be another book to follow. It will be interesting to see where the plot goes in the last book, Firewing.
It is a beyond amazing book, so don't delay and read it now! I stayed up all night reading it, and it was all I could think about. Don't hesitate! Read 'Sunwing' today!
Sunwing is a new book with a new set of problems. A great children's adventure, Sunwing is not without it's fundamental questions. I have seen many of the places in airship documentary books. They are well described, but changed realistically during the novel's false war. Although I do not approve of the author's somewhat haphazard placement of an aztec temple within the book, I believe it is a worthy addition to the series.
Unusual for a second sequel, I prefer firewing, however.
Your friendly, thirteen year-old Exodus.
Most recent customer reviews
Sunwing is a really good sequel that I enjoyed. I would recommend this to book for school aged children who enjoyed reading Silverwing.Published 2 months ago by Matthew Grace
Cramed full of suspence and action!
Shade, the runt of the silverwing colony and full of bravery and never giving up his search to find his father. Read more
Sunwing is a amazing story the best I have read so far (and I have read lots of books and I mean LOTS! of book so far)Published on Dec 30 2003 by James
It's been quite a while since I was so jazzed when I finished a book. What an exciting book! I want everyone I know to read this book! Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2002 by Valerie J. Grimes