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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
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Taking up the story begun in the Canadian fantasy Silverwing (1997), this sequel begins with Shade, the Silverwing bat, still intent on finding his father. Shade and his companions become trapped in a research facility where many of their species are fitted with bombs and sent by humans to destroy a wartime target. After a series of adventures, alliances between old enemies, and violent confrontations with the forces of evil, Shade prevails in battle, in love, and in rescuing his father. Action packed and suspenseful, this continuing adventure can be read on its own but will appeal most to those fantasy fans who enjoyed the detailed bat world of the first novel. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: The Silverwing Trilogy
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781416949978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416949978
  • ASIN: 1416949976
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide, and been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn was winner of a Michael L Printz Honor Book Award, and the Canadian Governor General's Award for Children's Literature; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children's Novel of the Year by the London Times. He is also the author of Half Brother, and This Dark Endeavor, a prequel to Frankenstein. His most recent book is THE BOUNDLESS, a thriller set aboard the longest, most magnificent train ever built. Born on Vancouver Island, he has lived in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, England, Ireland, and now lives in Toronto with his wife and children.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gilad barlev on June 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the story of Shade, a young silverwing bat. As in "Silverwing," nothing is as it seems. When he and his family and friends are trapped in a human-made paradise, everyone else seems content except for Shade, who questions the humans' motives. It is not long before hundreds bats start disappearing. Shade and his Brightwing friend Marina once again embark on a journey that takes them far south to the home of the Vampyrum Spectrum and the homeland of the evil batgod Cama Zotz. What follows is a non-stop adventure that will keep you reading through the night, but I'm not going to spoil the ending for you. You'll have to read it, yourself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By caveman dude on June 4, 2001
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If you enjoyed the action in Silverwing you will not be able to put this one down. It picks up right where book one left off and is all action from the get-go. The whole story line gets a litte more crazy and hard to believe in this book and I didn't feel like I learned as much about bats (maybe because I had already read the first one) but I loved the book and stayed up late to get it finished.
BTW, I am not afraid to admit that I am an adult, and not a "young-adult" anymore, both of these books are great and I recommend them to my adult friends as well as students. :)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2000
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This book was terrific. A great buy! I got hooked toSilverwing, and was surprised/delighted to see in the back of thebook, an ad for the upcoming book, Sunwing. And I finished reading it just recently, and was totally amazed by this book. The twists and turns make the action unstopable! Read this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on January 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a stunning book about the runt of a bat colony of Silverwings named Shade. Shade and his family are trying to find a place better than Hibercanlum wher the bats hibernate during the long hard winter. They find a Paradise place but realize that they will later get killed. Shade has a terrible canibal bat enemy. His name is Goth and becomes King of Canibal bats. Later in the sory. Shade's father was captured by them and Shade will do anything to get him back!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
This incredible sequel to "Silverwing" details the exploits of Shade, a young Silverwing bat, and his friend Marina, a Brightwing. On their search for Shade's father, Cassiel, and the secret of the bands that Humans have been giving to some bats, they wind up in a fake forest created by the Humans. It is always warm as a summer night and alive with insects for the bats to eat, but most importantly, it is free of owls, the bats' most dangerous enemies. The other bats Shade has been traveling with are certain this place is a paradise. But Shade isn't so sure. So when he investigates, he discovers that the Humans are coming in while the bats are asleep and taking them to their laboratory. When Shade follows, he is captured and finds out the Humans are tying explosive metal discs to their bellies and dumping them out over the southern Human city to wage war on each other! Shade manages to remove his and his friend Chinook's explosive discs just in time, and they find refuge in Statue Haven, watched over by the mastiff bat Caliban.

Meanwhile, Goth, Shade's nemesis, returns to the jungle pyramid home of his family, the Vampyrum Spectrum. The solar eclipse is coming soon, and Goth plans to use this time to liberate his god, the evil Cama Zotz, from the Underworld. If he manages to sacrifice one hundred lives to Zotz in the darkness of the eclipse, Zotz can rise, kill the sun, and reign over the earth for all of eternity. Since his father is to be one of the sacrifices, Shade soon realizes that stopping Zotz and saving Cassiel are connected. But even if the bats, owls, and rats all work together, can they defeat the giant Vampyrum and save the sun in time?

You won't be able to put this high-action thriller down--it will keep you on the edge of your seat to the end. This one is definitely worth your money...and then some!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
when i read silver wing i couldnt wait to read this one! Another adventure with maria and that little bat shade who grows up in this unbalievable tale-- GOTH IS BACK and this time may kill all bat kinds! What will Shade and Maria do this time? And-- Shade hears his father is STILL alive- will he meet his father on his daring journey to destroy goths evil plans?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a bat named Shade who searches for his father and finds himself in a building where dangerous things are done to bats.Even when they escape there is still a lot of suspense because the cannibal bats,met previously have a plot to destroy them and the sun.The book is especially good if you have read the first.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bernard L. Luebbering on April 29, 2005
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Sunwing, by Kenneth Oppel, is an exhilarating book with never ending adventure! It's a tale of a determined bat that searches for a long, lost person he once held dear. His journeys are perilous and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Shade, a young Silverwing bat in search of his father, discovers a mysterious human building containing a vast forest. Home to thousands of bats, the indoor forest is warm and is teeming with everything a bat could ever want. But Shade is not so sure about this paradise. Before long Shade and his friends are on a terrifying journey to the far southern jungle, where the Vampire bat Goth rules as king over all the cannibal bats. Shade must use all of his resourcefulness to find his father and stop Goth from creating eternal night.

Shade overcomes many obstacles in his search for his father. No matter what happens he will never give up his fight. He might be the runt in the flock of bats, but he can and will do anything and everything needed to accomplish what he set his mind to. No matter how large of a bind he is in, he uses his brain and knowledge he has gained from his family and friends to get him out of trouble.

When reading some reviews on Amazon, one review stood out more than the rest. Matt T, from Canada writes, "This book sux, if u want a real reed, reed Bernstien Bears: Christmas. It toguht me how to sppokes propely." First of all, this guy obviously needs to be reading a lower grade level book until he learns how to spell and speak better. I can find at least six spelling and grammar errors in his two sentences. Finally, I don't know how you could say this book sucks. The action is explosive and the characters are brilliant! No matter how hard I tried I couldn't stop.
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