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Silverwing (The Silverwing Trilogy)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2005
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This captivating novel should be enjoyed by both young children and adults. Kenneth Oppel is the only author I know who has dared use a young bat as a protaganist, and the reward to the reader is a beautiful glimse into a bat's black and white world. Young readers in particular should be able to identify with Shade, whose longings and affections are remarkably human and always understandable. As well as being an excellent adventure story, it is also an educative introduction to bat rituals. Complex allusions to human behavior, religion and culture make this a sophisticated fantasy that I throughly recommend.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2006
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Soon they would be leaving, leaving Tree Haven, leaving their home. For what? To sleep in a hole for four months straight? Dreading the day they migrate south for the winter, Shade vows to prove himself by completing their quest. Shade is the runt of a colony of bats called Silverwings. He has always been a bit slower and weaker than the other newborns. Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel, is a heartwarming tale of friendship, courage, and how it feels to be extraordinary. Soon Shade meets two carnivorous bats, Goth and Throbb, who threaten to eat Shade and his colony. I would recommend this book because you never know what is going to happen next. If you like this book their are two other books in this series. Can Shade make the journey to the hibernation site? Will he prove himself to be as strong and promising as the other newborns? Can he save his colony from the wrath of the mighty Goth and his partner, Throbb? I hope you read this book and discover the many conflicts of Shade's journey.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2002
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If you're a Harry Potter and Series of Unfortunate Events type of person, you're sure to love Silverwing. Silverwing is mixed with the mystery and suspense of Harry Potter, and the heart-pounding events in Series of Unfortunate Events. This book is a real and I mean a REAL page-turner! I didn't want to go down the shore with my friend because it was so interesting (and my mom wouldn't let me take my book). I'd rather miss a trip to Disney World than not read this book. Shade, the runt of his colony, goes on an adventure to find out what really happened to his father. Along the way he meets a bright, cocky, and very adventurous Brightwing, two carnivorous vampire bats, and a blind, really wise Albino bat. Copious amounts of events happen to Shade. At one point Shade gets separated by his colony by a terrible storm. Does Shade ever find his colony? Does he live? If you want to know you'll have to read the book. I rate this book an excellent five stars!
By: AM, a fifth grader from WMA, PA
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2001
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One word to describe this book...WONDERFUL.It has comedy,and suspense to spare, and a reaaaaally good plot. I read this book for the 2001 Mass. book awords and even though there were other good books, I knew I would vote for it from chapter 1! It brings you in from page 1 and (unlike other books) keeps you in. For example, one Saturday night I read 70 pages!!! There is one drawback...YOU CAN'T PUT IT DOWN. P.S. Most of my school assignments are shorter than this, that's how much I like this book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2000
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When Shade get's lost from his group during a storm, he ends up on an island with a bat named maria. the two travel together through thick and thin they survive attacks from owls and vampire bats, they fly through storms and look after eachother. In the end these bold little bats, wait a moment, you'll have to buy and read this enchanting story on your own. Wether you're a bat lover or not this story truly changes the way people think about bats. I hope you become interested in this story and get this book. I tell ya , It sure changed the way I think about bats.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2000
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Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel is one of the best books I have ever read. I love this book because it is very, very, very suspenseful. Kenneth Oppel really gets me into the book from the start to the finish. This book is about a young bat named Shade, the runt of his colony. When owls burn down his colony's home, his colony must travel to Hibernaculum to hibernate and then find a new home. But on the way there, Shade gets lost.... I suggest this book to anyone 8 or older. Also read the sequel, Sunwing. That book is as good as this one! READ THIS BOOK!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2002
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I've never really cared for bats, personally, but.. whoa. I'm not even done with the book yet, but I can't put it down and I'm about to go on a search for Sunwing. It's actually funny how I got the book - our church was having a book fair and most of the books there were pretty below my level or incredibly stupid. But my mom found Silverwing and I started reading it.. I'm doing a book report on it for school. And don't be fooled by the "Ages 8-12" on the back - I think every good fantasy/animal fan will love this book. If your family likes reading books aloud - this would be a great book that would interest every family member! Tons of action, adventure, wonderfully portrayed characters, and you have to give credit to Kenneth Oppel - anyone who can make bats this fascinating to someone who didn't really like bats before has to be a good author. Silverwing is yet another incredible book that shares the moral that little guys can do big, amazing things too, which is something kids, teens, and adults all need to know :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2005
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i never knew bats were so interesting before i read this series. If you're an animal lover you'll like it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2004
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Silverwing chronicles the journey of fledgling bat Shade from the bat colony's Summer haunt to their Winter hibernation spot. Early on the trip he is separated from the group and must make the rest of the long journey by himself. He does find several friends along the way, Marina a female bat, and Goth a Strange foreign bat with secret motives, and Zephyr a mystic oracle type. Shade also is thrown into a war between the bats and the owls making for many tense moments and narrow escapes. Besides being a young bat with something to prove to the rest of the colony there is also an unresolved back story in which Shade's father may, or may not, still be alive.

Mr. Oppel's descriptions of the bat world are fascinating! The echo chamber and the insect hunting scenes are very original. These are real bats, that live in the real world, not little woodland creatures that wear clothes and cook meals and live in houses. He also adds a healthy amount of mysticism and philosophy, subjects that give the story extra weight and are not often found in books for young readers. He is to be commended.

While this is a children's book the main character does not seem to experience any growth despite many challenging experiences. The climax of the book is handled without any effort by Shade. He comes to no conclusion nor solves any problem by knowledge he may have gained in his long struggle. He wins by dumb luck. It may leave some older reads unfulfilled.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2002
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This book is about a small silverwing bat named Shade. Another bat named Chinook is often making fun of him because he is smaller. On the way to the Hibernaculum, he gets lost in a storm. He rides a boat to an island and finds a friend named Marina. They help each other on the way to the hibernaculum. While they're on their way to the hibernaculum, they meet a mysterious bat named Zephyr who helps Shade get a hurt to feel better. They also meet two meat eating bats. They trust them at first, but then they start getting suspicious because they see them eating bat meat! A waterfall protects the hibernaculum, so the bats are safe in the end. The middle part is teriffic! It's also very exciting!
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