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Silverwing (The Silverwing Trilogy) Paperback – September 18, 2007

4.7 out of 5 stars 141 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Silverwing Series

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From Publishers Weekly

PW compared this "gripping" epic starring a bat to Watership Down for the author's use of animal characters in his investigation of tolerance, intellectual freedom and other social concerns. Ages 8-12. (May)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 4-6. The plot of this book sounds like the perfect adventure for a noble hero: a dangerous journey with a cryptic map and a trusty companion. But here's the catch: the hero is an undersized bat. Shade, a newborn Silverwing, is separated from his colony during their winter migrations. With the help of an exiled Brightwing, he must find his colony and save them from marauding cannibal bats imported from the tropics. In an author's note, Oppel writes that he "liked the challenge of taking animals that many might consider 'ugly' or 'scary' and fashioning them into interesting, appealing characters"; he has done just that with Shade and his comrades. While these characters are not particularly well rounded, readers will sympathize with the young bat's sometimes foolhardy efforts to prove that he's more than the colony runt, and the villains?fire-carrying owls and six-foot, flesh-eating bats?will keep even reluctant readers engaged. However, the greatest strengths of this story lie in its fast-paced, cliff-hanging action and its setting within the hollow trees and bell towers of the bats' monochromatic nighttime world. Recommend this one to fans of Avi's Poppy (Orchard, 1995); they won't be disappointed.?Beth Wright, Edythe Dyer Community Library, Hampden, ME
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --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
  • Lexile Measure: 660 (What's this?)
  • Series: The Silverwing Trilogy
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416949984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416949985
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
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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A Kid's Review on December 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
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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A Kid's Review on March 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
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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A Kid's Review on March 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
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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I'm a big fan of the Red Wall series and I enjoy reading a lot young adult fiction. So when I saw this book that revolved around bats I quite interested. I'm very glad I decide to give it a chance because Sliverwing turned out to be a very fun read.

First of all, this book was extremely well written. The main characters are all very interesting and they all have their own stories to tell. As the protagonist Shade struggles to work his way back to his tribe he comes across many unique characters. Some try to help him like his friend Marina who was cast out from her tribe. Others like Goth, the prince of the royal vampire bat family, just wish use him. As the reader you get to go back and forth between seeing both the stories of Shade and Goth. Its in this sense that I'm very much reminded of the way Red Wall switches between the hero and villain.

Also, the author is very clever with the way he portrays the mythology of the bats. He uses to explain why bats only go out at night and sets up this idea that they have been promised that one day they will be able to go back into the sunlight. Many of the bats believe that the metal bands they have been given by the humans have something to do with this promise. They all have different interpretations of what exactly the bands mean but after Shade finds out his missing father had one he becomes quite jealous and really wishes he would be banded too. As story unfolds Shade, band or no band, becomes quite the brave hero.

To conclude, this was a really enjoyable book. I think anyone who is looking for a fast paced adventure that has something exciting around every corner will have fun reading Silverwing.
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I chose this rating because this is a great book and it deserves it. I wouldn't say i disliked any of it because the book itself is amazing and i absolutely loved it. My favorite animal is a bat so i would recommend this book to bat lovers or just people who like bats.
-This review was written by my 12-year-old daughter. She loves books and (apparently) bats. :-)
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