Silverwing

by Kenneth Oppel

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | September 1, 1998 | Mass Market Paperbound

Silverwing is rated 4.8246 out of 5 by 57.
A 1997 Notable Book - Smithsonian magazine

A 1997 Best Book for Young Adults - The Globe and Mail

An ABA "Pick of the Lists" for 1997

Shade, the runty young Silverwing bat whose quest for the truth catapults him into waters both dangerous and exciting, has captivated the imaginations of children and adults alike. An instant popular favourite and critic's choice in both Canada and the U.S., Silverwing is an extraordinary journey filled with heart-stopping adventure and unforgettable characters.

Shortlisted for the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Ontario Library Association's Silver Birch Award and the Blue Heron Award and named an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Silverwing is a richly layered fantasy for middle readers - and older ones too.

"A tour-de-force fantasy ... A can't-put-it-down adventure for readers around age eight all the way to adult." - Smithsonian magazine (A 1997 Notable Book)

"Replete with appealing characters, scary adversaries, bat lore, natural history, unanswered questions, and conflicting theologies, the story takes on a promising epic sweep..." - Kirkus Reviews

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 304 pages, 6.69 × 4.09 × 0.68 in

Published: September 1, 1998

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0006481795

ISBN - 13: 9780006481799

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adventurous A newborn bat named Shade is swept away from his colony while on his way to hibernate. He meets a girl bat named Marina and together they must find their way home and unlock some mysteries too. An excellent book, don't forget to read the others in this series!
Date published: 2012-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book When I first read this book 10 years ago it blew me away. I was in university at the time, and doing a children's lit course, and read a number of award winners to supplement the 15 or so books we read for the course. This book was one I picked up that summer and I have been a huge fan of Kenneth Oppel ever since. This story is a coming-of-age story; it is the story of Shade a young silverwing bat who is the runt in his colony. During the annual migration to the colony's winter roost, he is separated from his friends and family. Shade sets out to find his colony and alone and desperate he braves the outside world. As winter approaches he must find his colony or a safe haven quickly, or else he will perish. This book is very well written, told in the black and white world of a bat and echo vision. The story is fascinating and the adventure runs non-stop. The first time I read this I could not put it down. This time through I took it a little slower and really savoured the book. It won 11 literary awards and has numerous sequels now. Pick it up for an excellent read.
Date published: 2010-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adventurous ! This book is about bats who are trying to find their new hibernating home. The main character, Shade, gets lost along the way. Shade is trying to find his father and the new hibernating spot. I liked reading this book because the characters seem so real and I learned a lot about bats. There is a lot of action in the book as well. I thought it was a great book. by Renee, age 10
Date published: 2009-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from non stoping acttioin! this book was great, i just finished it. From the start to the end there is so many action i can't remember a scene without it. Something is going great and soon after, there is a problem. I know those books that just goes slowly and those are boring but this one, u can't just put it down. it's a great read! if u hapen to buy this book, buy Sunwing and Firewing. If u want u can buy Darkwing too. must read books!
Date published: 2008-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nothing ive read before silverwing is amazing! its creative, sophisticated, and very tasteful. the silverwing series has got to be kenneth oppel's greatest books. the plot is very simple, a young bat called "shade" is oftenly teased because of how clumsy and weak he is, so he sets off on a mission to prove himself worthy to the others but most importantly himself. out to find his father, he meets a tough female bat the about his age as well as a gigantic cannible bat (eats other bats) and his miserable sidekick. as the story unravels, more characters and places are discovered. what started out as a simple plot, becomes a complex one that links every detail together. silverwing has truly created a genre of it own. if you havent read this, you dont know what your missing! its one of the best novels ive read in my life, and its perfect for just about any age, capable of reading novels. once you start reading it, you wont want to put it down.
Date published: 2006-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's Gold! This book was so much fun! When Shade is lost from his family, it was sad, but then his adventures to get back to Hibernaculum made up for it. I didn't want to put it down and I'm an adult! A must-read for all young readers.
Date published: 2006-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silverwing I thought I didn't like fantasy and adventure books, but I was wrong! This book is imaginative and creative. It takes on the different perspective of a bat! Wonderful tale! If you liked this book, you should read the sequels: Sunwing and Firewing, both of which are just as engrossing!
Date published: 2005-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book I loved this book. The author did an excellant job on describing the characters and the plot so you could really picture what was happening. I can't wait to read the next two books, Sunwing and Firewing.
Date published: 2005-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating Read This really was an extraordinary book! I was given this book to read for a book report and fell in love with it. I finished it in two days and wanted to read more about Shade. I ended up buying Silverwing as well as the two sequels: Sunwing & Firewing. You just have to read the whole story! You won't be able to put it down! It will touch your heart and keep you coming back for more! It is a great addition to any book collection, you'll see!!
Date published: 2005-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from **The Best Book I have Ever Read** When I just started reading Silverwing I new I would love it right from the first page! I am in the middle of it right now and i absaloutly love it ! Sure I am Only 10 years old but it is still sooooooooooooo good !! I would suggest this book to anyone and everyone , Kenneth Oppel is such a great author that I want all of his books. I like the way he keeps you waiting in suspence and i also Like his characters . I think you should read this book because you would probably like it just as much as I do !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! I have become obsessed with the silverwing series! It is a perfect combination of fantasy, science fiction, and suspense that will keep you up all night. Oppel's night world is enchanting.
Date published: 2004-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! Silverwing is the greatest book I have ever read. I am Kenneth Oppel's biggest fan!!!
Date published: 2004-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real detailed and excellent book Well, I have really enjoyed Silverwing, my favorite book is actually is Silverwing's sequel, Sunwing. Kenneth Oppel (the author) is very detailed and has a humongous vocabulary which makes me have a clearer prospective of what is going on. I can almost picture Shade and all his friends from the book. It makes me read as fast as I can and I get transported into another place. Wow, Kenneth Oppel, your one good author.
Date published: 2003-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from silverwing I thought this novel was pretty good. I would rank this book 3 out of 5. The part I really like is when, Throbb got struck by a volt of lightning. That was awesome because he turn to ash.
Date published: 2003-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from types of bat's I liked the last chapter bacause it was exiting. They should have more killing because we can see who is going to win. I wonder if there going to find shades father? I would give this book 4-5. this book should be for gread 6.
Date published: 2003-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book I think it was a good book.It was a real live bat experience. I think is for grade 4-5
Date published: 2003-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful I like the part about the thunderstrike. I wish that there were more characters. I wonder if goth will come back. grade 6 if you like harry potter you'll like silverwing
Date published: 2003-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Silverwing the greatest ever I like the sespence the author puts in the book.Like some of the endings in the chapters. What I don't like is not much but I think there shold be more romance and comedy. I wonder if the author is going to write any more books about bats then planned. The recommendation I give for the age is about 8 and over. And if you like Harry Potter I guarantee you will like Silverwing
Date published: 2003-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book! I think this book is really good. I like the last chapter the best when Shade got back home. I wonder if Shade will find his father in the next book. I wonder if Shade and Marina will be a couple.
Date published: 2003-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from silverwing the good book I was wondering if he was going to write more stories about different animals and put pictures in the book and can he put color writing. I would say the rating would be a 8 out of ten. The age group would probably be for ages to 8 to 16. these was a good book i listened very careful.
Date published: 2003-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2nd Best Book Of Series I was in the school library, and I had to pick out a book fast, because my class was going back so I looked quickly and saw this book with a picture of a bat on it. I thought it would get me through untill i brought my own book from home but when the time came i pulled it out of my desk and I started to read and all of a sudden i was suckind into the book. I couldn't put it down. What a coincidence iu picked out the second best book i read in my life! After that a bought Sunwing, the next book and it was even better than the first one! Then I bought Firewing and it had a very disappointing ending but the rest of the book was quite average.
Date published: 2003-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Person In Animal Silverwing is a wonderful book, as much of you know. Oppel makes Shade, the main character, into a practical human. His story of being lost while flying to the place where the Father's reside, meeting Marina, and eventually getting to his destination while fighting off Goth, the vampire bat Prince intent on killing him, is a well conceived project. I would recommend this book to readers of all ages, a book to be read over and over again. As Shade, Marina, and even Chinook make their journey, experience Oppel's excellent conception of Life for a young bat....
Date published: 2002-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GOOD BUT NOT GREAT The book starts off quite boring but it gets quite interesting. I think Marina is the cutest Character and Goth is the worst of all. I like the way Shade trys to compete against Chinnok against his mothers will during the storm. Good Job KENNETH OPPEL
Date published: 2002-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silverwing I have loved this book ever since I read the first page. Siverwing is a story about finding yourself and who you really are. Shade is a runt...a small bat who never thought that he would amount to very much but he is taken on a breathtaking journey on which he finds that he will amount to more than he ever imagined. Shade goes from saving his home from a terrible fire to surviving a terrible storm at sea. This is a book that you can read uncountable times and yet never tire of it. A wondeful plot combined with clever characters is what I found when I read this...not just a story about a bat. This is a worthwhile book for people of all ages.
Date published: 2002-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The bomb! At first i thought this book looked really dull since as you can see it's about bats. But then i was forced to read it because i had to do an essay about it for english class. Anyways, all i can say is that this book is the bomb! This book is very emotional, touching and it makes you laugh too. It's like your watching a movie but your using your own imagination for the tv screen. It's just, the best and i have to say this, if you finish reading silverwing, read sunwing and firewing! Kenneth Oppel rocks!
Date published: 2002-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a perfect book This book is about a young bat named Shade. The story starts off with Shade at Tree Heaven and he wants to see the sun, which is not allowed because off a law the owls put on them, but he sees a bit of the sun and the owls burn down their home and they start going to hiberneculum. But Shade gets blown off course when a storm hits, and he meets another bat on the island named Marina - a Brightwing who has a band after that they start there long and dangerous flight home.
Date published: 2002-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kewl Yah, score one for reading! SCore one for books! This book is awesome!!!!!!!!! And if you enjoy this one, try Sunwing. And the sequal after that one, - FIREWING!!! (coming out in April 2002)
Date published: 2002-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST IN THE WORLD This book is the best book in the world!! One night I stayed up till 12:30p.m. to read it more. Everyone in my class is reading this book and Sunwing! We can't wait for Firewing!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2001-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!!!! Couldn't put this book down!!! Awesome!! Can't wait to read Sunwing.
Date published: 2001-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silverwing Oh man, if I could, I'd rate this book as 100 on a scale of 1-5. It is sooooooo good. It's about a young Silverwing bat named Shade, who is the runt of his colony. When he decides that one day he should see the sun, and does, the furious owls burn down the nursery roost known as Tree Haven. The bats have no choice but to travel on to Hibernaculum, the hibernating roost, before winter sets in. During a storm, Shade is separated from his colony, and is blown over the sea. He lands on an island, where he finds a friend in Marina, a Brightwing bat, who, like few other bats, has the mysterious Human band on her forearm, a band said to bring bad luck, which is why she was kicked out of her colony. On the search for Shade's own colony, Marina and Shade meet Zephyr, a bat who can hear the past and future, and Goth, a cannibal bat from the south, whom Shade isn't sure if he's a friend or an enemie. If you're hooked now, read it, and if you like, which I guarantee you will, read the sequel, Sunwing, also by the same author!
Date published: 2001-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One word If I could expalin this it would be one word excellent! It is for readers that are really into excitement and fantsy , and dont mind a twist or turn in adventure. This book is one work ... EXCELLENT!
Date published: 2001-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small Packages When you reed this book, you'll be sorry you ever teased someone short in your life!! This book is about a young silverwing bat, who gets lost in a storm. Later on, he pairs up and finds another bat, but who is not the same kind. She was banned from her colony, because she had a band, that many bats thought were either evil, or good. This journey will be hard, but through all, they survive, with their sharp minds, and their friendship. you won't be able to wait, and see the sequel, SUNWING!
Date published: 2001-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silverwing Silverwing is an animal fantasy, in which the choice of star creature is most unusual - a bat. Shade, the main character, is a Silverwing bat. As the smallest of the newborns, he determines to prove himself during the dangerous winter migration. However, he is swept away from the group and swept over the ocean. Alone, he makes a remarkable journey back home, meeting danger and friendship on his way. There are great descriptions and vivid imagation in this book. I really recommend this book.
Date published: 2001-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from silverwing I just finished reading sliverwing and sunwing and they are the best books ever i stayed up all night reading them this book is about a young bat who is very often called a runt of the group but on his first trip south with his mother he is blown of corse and has to get back to her shade runs into alot of differnt people on the way such as goth a hugh bat with a 3 foot wing span well thats all i can say but it's a great book read it you will love it.
Date published: 2001-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Good Book This Was a good Book I really Injoyed it. My teacher red it to are class. We loved It! The whole class. I think The expression Was Great and He used lot's Of Metephores and Similies So I think It was Great I'm Looking forward to Sunwing.
Date published: 2000-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This was the best book I've ever read. It is so detailed and not it the boring way but in the exciting way. This book will please anyone from young to old and from bat to human. It'll make you want to jump up and cheer Shade on as he goes through a series of adventures.
Date published: 2000-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silverwing Ken Oppal has done a wonderful job of bringing to life the experiences of Shade and Marina. Besides learning so much about bats the reader is taken on a fantastic adventure story with many unexpected twists and turns. I was sorry to finish Silverwing and quite pleased when the next book Sunwing was published. I can't wait to see how Shade and Marina overcome the villan Goth.
Date published: 2000-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silverwing Silverwing By Kennith Oppel was a very very good book. It is very exciting. It's sequel, Sunwing is just as entertaning. I would recomend this book to all ages. Though I have read lots of books this one is one of my favorites.
Date published: 2000-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silverwing I love this book. I read the book 7 times. Even after I am suppose to go to bed I turn on a night light and keep on reading. If you like fictional book that keep you up all night I suggest you read this book. I could not put this book down. I took it everywhere with me no matter where I went.
Date published: 2000-08-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too Much!! This book had too much detail sure you want some detail that was way too much of it you want to read a story not an observasion.
Date published: 2000-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is austounding.. I just finnished this book, and I thought it was great. This book is mainly based on description and the character's point of view. I believe that the author did a very good job when he wrote this book. If you like this book, I really think that you'll enjoy the sequal, Sunwing, also by the same author.
Date published: 2000-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This book is the best! My teacher is reading it to my class and it is so cool! Most of us have already bought the first and the second we liked it so much.
Date published: 2000-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silverwing: An amazing book When I read this book I was totally on the front of my seat and I became attached to the book. I read it in a day during the 'strike' so I read other books as well but this one was definatly the best out of all of them. I liked every body's attitude in the book like thobb he was a greedy pig and Shade thinks he is much cleverer than he actually is. I want to read the new book Sunwing but I dont understand how goth comes back as he was struck by lightning. I think I can solve this mistery by actually reading the book. But I enjoyed it very much.
Date published: 2000-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silverwing: An amazing book When I read this book I was totally on the front of my seat and I became attached to the book. I read it in a day during the 'strike' so I read other books as well but this one was definatly the best out of all of them. I liked every body's attitude in the book like thobb he was a greedy pig and Shade thinks he is much cleverer than he actually is. I want to read the new book Sunwing but I dont understand how goth comes back as he was struck by lightning. I think I can solve this mistery by actually reading the book. But I enjoyed it very much.
Date published: 2000-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this is a great book!!! This is like the best book I've ever read!!!
Date published: 2000-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I think it was a wonderful adventure which has every quality a good book should have: Danger, Mystery, Suspense and with Shade and Marina, a little bit of romance.
Date published: 2000-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silverwing THIS BOOK IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!
Date published: 2000-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silverwing: A Gold Medal Winner This is an animal fantasy adventure that revisits the "Lost in the Barrens" theme. Shade, a Silverwing bat, is the hero whose many exciting adventures keep the interest high and the pages turning--and you learn something, too!
Date published: 2000-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A tour de force Fantasy What a great book! As a student in grade six, I found this book great for all ages. It takes an amazing point of view of how a bat thinks. It grips your mind, and pulls you in to a new world. A great story with amazing, fun filled adventures. Also look at the sequel SUNWING.
Date published: 2000-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silverwing I am a 6'th grade teacher, always looking for new books to introduce to my students. SILVERWING was very high interest and so captivating, that students eagerly looked forward to reading time. The story is believable, exciting, imaginative and demonstrates good values. I now have a class set and it is a "MUST" each year. ( Students who are now in grade 7 keep coming back asking if I have SUNWING( the sequel) yet. Another high interest book for this grade level is TRANSALL SAGA by Gary Paulsen.
Date published: 2000-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silverwing Silverwing. This is an extraordanary book for any age. Just incredible! I would recommend this book to anyone, reader or non-reader. It is authentic and genuine, and will capture anyone's attention. You'll love it so much that you won't be able to put it down. Kenneth Oppel did a fantastic job on this book.
Date published: 2000-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silverwing This book is the best I have ever read. As Shade and Marina travel to the place where Shades needs to go to hibernate with his colony. Stuck in a wild storm and throwen off course he is forced to fing his colony before he dies in the winter. With only a menal map to go by Shade and Marina try there best. Is is definatly a book that you start reading and don't put down.
Date published: 1999-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silverwing I borrowed this book from one of the teachers at my school because all the librarys were out. I read and read chapter after chapter. It was very exiting. Finding there way back to his colony with his new friend. I read it three times and enjoyed it more each time. The author made a really good book that most people love.
Date published: 1999-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Book Silverwing is a fun book to read. At the age of 11 I injoyed it! The vocabulary is great! The auther really discribes the bats in the book. He likes to paint a picture with words and I like that. He starts out a small runt of the colony then sets out on a adventure of a liftime after he is blown away from his colony and meets many other bats on the way. I can't tell you any more about this wonderful book! I recommend you buy it now!
Date published: 1999-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Silverwing Shade, a Silverwing bat, may be a runt, but he has something that very few in his colony have. Curiosity. Shade longs to see the sun even though bats are forbidden by the owls and birds and other animals to see it. He also yearns to know the secret of the strange silver rings that the Humans place on a chosen few bats. When Shade one day decides he's going to see the sun, it sets him off on an exciting and wonder-filled adventure to discover the secret of the silver rings. Also look for the sequel, Sunwing.
Date published: 1999-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For my 11.5 yr old son My 11 1/2 year old son isn't into reading so as a summer project I bought him this book. He loved it, even though it's long (for him). He averaged about 2 chapters per day. He's now lent the book to his friend and challenged him to read it before school starts! This is a major recommendation from a child that thrives in the non-paper video game/T.V. world.
Date published: 1999-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silverwing The book is very well explained. He writes alot of knowledge in his books.I think he writes very very good book.
Date published: 1999-05-29

– More About This Product –

Silverwing

by Kenneth Oppel

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 304 pages, 6.69 × 4.09 × 0.68 in

Published: September 1, 1998

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0006481795

ISBN - 13: 9780006481799

From the Publisher

A 1997 Notable Book - Smithsonian magazine

A 1997 Best Book for Young Adults - The Globe and Mail

An ABA "Pick of the Lists" for 1997

Shade, the runty young Silverwing bat whose quest for the truth catapults him into waters both dangerous and exciting, has captivated the imaginations of children and adults alike. An instant popular favourite and critic's choice in both Canada and the U.S., Silverwing is an extraordinary journey filled with heart-stopping adventure and unforgettable characters.

Shortlisted for the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Ontario Library Association's Silver Birch Award and the Blue Heron Award and named an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Silverwing is a richly layered fantasy for middle readers - and older ones too.

"A tour-de-force fantasy ... A can't-put-it-down adventure for readers around age eight all the way to adult." - Smithsonian magazine (A 1997 Notable Book)

"Replete with appealing characters, scary adversaries, bat lore, natural history, unanswered questions, and conflicting theologies, the story takes on a promising epic sweep..." - Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

KENNETH OPPEL is a literary phenomenon who had his first novel for children published at age 17. His Silverwing Saga, which includes Silverwing, Sunwing and Firewing, has sold over a million copies worldwide and has won numerous awards. His most recent bestsellers include Skybreaker, which won the 2006 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award and the Red Maple Award, and Airborn, winner of the 2004 Governor General’s Award and the 2005 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award. Kenneth Oppel, voted Author of the Year in 2006 by the Canadian Booksellers Association, lives in Toronto with his wife and three children. He recently received the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature. Visit him online at www.kennethoppel.com or www.darkwing.ca.

From Our Editors

Little Shade may not be the biggest bat in his colony, but he's full of spunk and determination to keep up with the others. But there's nothing he can do when a strong wind blows him off course while migrating south for the winter. Alone and afraid, he finds himself in the middle of the ocean and winter's quickly moving in. He's not going to give up this easily, he decides, and sets out to meet up with his friends and family. Silverwing is an inspiring story by Kenneth Oppel that shows kids they can do whatever they want if they set their mind to it.

Employee Review

Shade is born into a colony of bats and struggles from day one. His mother dares not lose her son now that her mate is gone. Shade pushes his limits and soon finds himself lost and days away from his migrating colony, only to befriend another bat in the same plight. Together, they journey to find their home and face the dangers of war between the owls and the bats. As they struggle to warn their colony, they learn the secret behind the fighting -- only to realize that no one will believe them.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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