Sunwing

by Oppel, Kenneth

February 28, 2000 | Hardcover |

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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 as warm as a summer night and teeming with insects to eat. And through the glass roof, the bats can finally see the sun, free from the tyranny of the deadly owls.

Is this Paradise the fulfillment of Nocturna''s Promise to return the bats to the light of day? Shade and his Brightwing friend Marina aren''t so sure. Shade has seen Humans enter the forest and take away hundreds of sleeping bats for an unknown purpose. And where is Shade''s father?

It isn''t long before Shade and Marina are swept up on a perilous journey that takes them to the far southern jungle -- the homeland of Goth, now king of all the Vampyrum Spectrum: cannibal bats with three-foot wingspans. With the help of an abandoned owl prince and General Cortez''s rat army, Shade must use all his resourcefulness to find his father -- and stop Goth from harnessing the dark powers of Cama Zotz to create eternal night.

In this thrilling continuation of Shade''s saga, Kenneth Oppel recaptures the adventure and poignancy of Silverwing, which "Smithsonian" magazine called "a tour-de-force fantasy," and takes it to a new level of excitement.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.91 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: February 28, 2000

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0689826745

ISBN - 13: 9780689826740

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12

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Sunwing

Sunwing

by Oppel, Kenneth

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.91 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: February 28, 2000

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0689826745

ISBN - 13: 9780689826740

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Chapter One: Dead of Winter Wings trimmed tight, Shade sailed through the forest. The naked elms, maples, and oaks blazed in the moon's glow, their branches spiked with icicles. Beneath him, trees lay toppled like the skeletons of giant beasts. The groans of freezing wood filled the air, and in the distance Shade heard a mighty crack as yet another branch snapped and fell. He shivered. Even though he'd been flying for hours, he was still cold, the wind chiseling through his sleek black fur into his bones. Wistfully, he thought of the other Silverwings, roosting snugly back at Hibernaculum. Even though their bodies would now be glistening with frost, they were warm in a deep winter's sleep that would take them through to spring. They hadn't wanted to come with him: It was too cold, too dangerous, they said. They didn't care enough to make the journey. Let them sleep, Shade thought, squinting against a sudden blast of wind. They had no curiosity, no sense of adventure. He was going to find his father. And it wasn't as if he was alone. Weaving through the forest alongside him were more than a dozen Silverwings. He could see Chinook, skimming over a heavy fir bough, knocking off snow. Up ahead was Shade's mother, Ariel, speaking softly with Frieda, the chief elder of their colony. There was another bat in the vanguard too, a male called Icarus, who was acting as guide. Shade hoped he knew where he was going. But after all he'd been through recently, he was happy to let someone el
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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 as warm as a summer night and teeming with insects to eat. And through the glass roof, the bats can finally see the sun, free from the tyranny of the deadly owls.

Is this Paradise the fulfillment of Nocturna''s Promise to return the bats to the light of day? Shade and his Brightwing friend Marina aren''t so sure. Shade has seen Humans enter the forest and take away hundreds of sleeping bats for an unknown purpose. And where is Shade''s father?

It isn''t long before Shade and Marina are swept up on a perilous journey that takes them to the far southern jungle -- the homeland of Goth, now king of all the Vampyrum Spectrum: cannibal bats with three-foot wingspans. With the help of an abandoned owl prince and General Cortez''s rat army, Shade must use all his resourcefulness to find his father -- and stop Goth from harnessing the dark powers of Cama Zotz to create eternal night.

In this thrilling continuation of Shade''s saga, Kenneth Oppel recaptures the adventure and poignancy of Silverwing, which "Smithsonian" magazine called "a tour-de-force fantasy," and takes it to a new level of excitement.

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IN SEARCH OF his father, Shade, a young Silverwing bat, discovers a mysterious Human building containing a vast forest. Home to thousands of bats, the indoor forest is as warm as a summer night and teeming with insects to eat. And through the glass roof, the bats can finally see the sun, free from the tyranny of the deadly owls.

Is this Paradise the fulfillment of Nocturna''s Promise to return the bats to the light of day? Shade and his Brightwing friend Marina aren''t so sure. Shade has seen Humans enter the forest and take away hundreds of sleeping bats for an unknown purpose. And where is Shade''s father?

It isn''t long before Shade and Marina are swept up on a perilous journey that takes them to the far southern jungle -- the homeland of Goth, now king of all the Vampyrum Spectrum: cannibal bats with three-foot wingspans. With the help of an abandoned owl prince and General Cortez''s rat army, Shade must use all his resourcefulness to find his father -- and stop Goth from harnessing the dark powers of Cama Zotz to create eternal night.

In this thrilling continuation of Shade''s saga, Kenneth Oppel recaptures the adventure and poignancy of Silverwing, which Smithsonian magazine called, "a tour-de-force fantasy", and takes it to a new level of excitement.

About the Author

S. D. Schindler is the popular illustrator of many bestselling picture books, including How Santa Got His Job, Big Pumpkin, the Math Start title Betcha!, and the 2005 Newbery Honor Book Whittington.

Editorial Reviews

Janell Cannon

author of "Stellaluna"

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12

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