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Silverwing (1997)

by Kenneth Oppel

Series: Silverwing Trilogy (1)

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When a newborn bat named Shade but sometimes called "Runt" becomes separated from his colony during migration, he grows in ways that prepare him for even greater journeys.

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This was a great fantasy novel for older juvenile/young adult readers. The research on bat culture was extensive but never got in the way of the story. The characters were fully realized and quite a bit of fun; Shade in particular was quite likable and seemed like a typical preteen. The story itself was a tad predictable at times, but I plan to read the rest of the trilogy at some point.

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Personal Response: I usually enjoy fantasy and this story was no exception. Oppel did extensive research on bat culture yet doesn’t allow the information to detract from an exciting story. Shade is a fun, relatable character that I rooted for and wanted to succeed.

Evaluation: Oppel creates a vivid world that feels believable due to his detailed research on bat culture; though his characters are animals, they feel like familiar characters that will be relatable to readers. The main character Shade seems like a normal preteen boy and he deals with many of the same emotions felt by that age group. Readers will enjoy watching Shade sift through these universal feelings, face his fears, and finally find his place within his colony – universal issues that all adolescents face. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
"Shade is a young silverwing bat, the runt of his colony. But he's determined to prove himself on the long, dangerous winter migration to Hibernaculum, millions of wingbeats to the south. During a fierce storm, he loses the others and soon faces the most incredible journey of his young life."

"The perfect adventure for a noble hero." -School Library Journal
  NoraLarabeeLibrary | Aug 26, 2020 |
One of my favorites, even re-reading years later it's just as good as the first time. ( )
  Linyarai | Feb 16, 2020 |
In the tradition of other children’s animal books, like Watership Down, Silverwing is often amusing and bizarre and brutal, though it unfortunately often drags without wings. ( )
  Birdo82 | Oct 3, 2019 |
Fun read, my 11yo also enjoyed it. ( )
  yonitdm | Sep 5, 2019 |
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Skimming over the banks of the stream, Shade heard the beetle warming up its wings.
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