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ISBN 1416949984 / 9781416949985 / 1-4169-4998-4
Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Silverwing, the first book in Kenneth Oppel's Silverwing trilogy, swept up award after award in the year after its publication, including the prestigious Mr. Christie's Book Award, the Ontario Library Association's Silver Birch Award, and the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children. Shade is a young bat, the runt of his Silverwing colony. When he dares his rival, Chinook, to take a peek at the sun, forbidden to bats since the Great Battle of the Birds and the Beasts, he sets in motion a series of events that will have huge repercussions. First the owls burn the Silverwing nursery, Tree Haven, forcing the colony to set out early for their winter roost at Hibernaculum, millions of wingbeats away. Then Shade is swept out to sea during a huge storm and separated from his family and friends, and has to try to find his own way south. And to make matters worse, he meets a deadly enemy: Goth, prince royal of the Vampyrum Spectrum bats, who poses an immense danger to the future of the colony. Oppel's fast-paced narrative is sure to capture the imagination of young readers, and he has been attentive to his natural history, too--since bats can only see shades of black and white, his book includes no references to colour. But colour or no colour, Silverwing is a totally thrilling read, a fantasy adventure that young readers will turn to again and again. (Ages 9 to 12) --Jeffrey Canton [via]