Sunwing

by Oppel, Kenneth

February 28, 2000 | Hardcover

Sunwing is rated 4.7353 out of 5 by 34.
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, 8.56 × 5.92 × 0.95 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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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read My daughter had me buy it the day after it was released and with in the week she was finished it and reading it again. Unfortunately we were not aware of the first book SilverWing until a short time later but she read it to and more of Mr. Oppel's books since then. I can't believe I did two reviews today, I never do these things. I am so pleased that there are still good writers like Mr. Oppel and A. Dragonblood writing stories with out sex nonsense for younger readers.
Date published: 2011-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great follow up book The first book in this series, Silverwing, won 11 awards; this book won 8. It continues the saga of Shade a young silverwing bat. He has been in search of his father. He believes it is linked to the silver bands he has been tagged with and that his father was also tagged with. He discovers a mysterious forest inside a human building with plenty of bugs to eat, fresh water and thousands of bats. It is also a haven, free from the tyranny of birds, and especially owls. Yet his friends are not so sure it is the place to be. He and his friends are soon swept up into a world they could never have imagined, transported to Latin America and the jungles. They soon become embroiled with the Vampyrum Spectrum bats and their king Goth. The little silverwing with heart, busts battle bats with 3 foot wing spans and other animals and creatures formerly unknown to him. Can Shade unite rats, small bats and even owl's in a battle against Goth who is trying to turn the world into eternal night? The story woven around mythology and legends and actual animal behaviour is wonderful to read - it is a page turner and you will not be able to put it down.
Date published: 2010-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just as Good as Silverwing Silverwing and other members of his tribe go on a journey and search for his father. Their final destination lands them deep in the South American jungle. What they had hoped to discover is far from what they actually find. I can't go into any more details of the plot as it would give away too much. The plot was based on an amazingly disturbing bit of US military history. This is a dark story, one that is not expected. The evil creatures are very evil and there are scenes that make you squirm. The characters are compelling and life-like. A page-turner of a book that made me stay up late to finish. All the plot lines left open from the first book were resolved and the book has a complete ending giving no indication that there will be another book to follow. It will be interesting to see where the plot goes in the last book, Firewing.
Date published: 2008-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full of Bats - But Not Batty I thought I'd have a problem with talking bats in Kenneth Oppel's second book of his three bat book series. I was mistaken. The story is not cutesy or unbelievable because the bats are chatty or have emotions and other human qualities. It reads like any skillfully crafted novel with humans--these characters just happen to have wings and see with radar. Shade is the main character who is looking for his missing father. His friends and family join him in his quest that takes him to a place that seems like paradise. Vampire bats and predator owls make their journey and goal exciting and dangerous. I've read this book first, and it is complete in itself. I'll be reading Silverwing and Firewing too because I like this one so much.
Date published: 2007-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A great Adventure. This is an amazing book that i absolutly loved. The author taked you on an amazing adventure with amazing interesting characters. I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an adventure novel.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome! exciting and scary! recomended for kids 9+
Date published: 2005-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome!!!! This book was the best book i have ever read!!!!!! the book kept getting better and better! you must read it!
Date published: 2005-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Book!!!! I can't believe Mr.Oppel!!! The way he writes, his incredible style and skill is.......................... amazing!!!!!! I'd say his books are even better than the Harry Potter series. They definetely deserve more attention. Mr. Oppel has my vote for best author of the century. It's hard to get better than Sunwing. It is truly the perfect book for all, adult and young readers.
Date published: 2005-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the BEST!!! This book, and its series are one of the best. I wonder how Kenneth Oppel got the idea for this book, and how he made it so real. It felt like you were shade himself and that the little bat was human. It is sooooooo great!!!
Date published: 2004-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sunwing This book is really good! It is all about a bat named Shade and the troubles he goes through.. and all the things he discovers.
Date published: 2003-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kenneth Oppel has done it again! I just finished reading the very exciting novel, Sunwing. The book was suspenseful and I liked the fact that most of the characters in the prequel were in this book. I thought that the ending was very satisfying and Iam looking forward to reading Firewing. I recommend this book to young and old alike, just a warning: the book can be hard to put down!
Date published: 2003-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book This is one of the first books i actually enjoyed. It can keep you up all night just reading page to page. you can't stop thinking about it. it is action packed with adventure as shade and marina try to find shades father. It was the best book i have ever read.
Date published: 2003-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sunwing this was confusing at first but once i got the hang of it i loved i now can not stop reading it is great for all ages that can read it.
Date published: 2002-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sunwing- Best book out there this so far is the best book i ever read. there isn't much to say - all i can say is its the best book i ever read.
Date published: 2002-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Born to Fly To see the world through an animals eyes is amazing. As I read this great novel my understanding of other creatures was heigtened. As Shade searches for answers and his adventures lead him to a human labratory the descriptions of his feelings and views are breath taking. Not only can you establish a liking to the warm and interesting characters but grow with them as well. This is the sequel of SILVERWING. Kenneth Oppel explains the interworkings of humans and the developments that have created problems for many other species. There is no stop to the action in his book. Battles, lies, mystery and myths are mixed together to create a magnificant novel.Life or death, strength or weakness are contrasts that i found lurking in the shadows thoughout this book. The locations including descriptions of the jungle, temple and human labratory all add to it's great plot. After reading this book I wouldn't hesitate to read another of Kenneth Oppels novel.
Date published: 2002-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazingly good book I first read Silverwing and loved it. I wanted to know what happened to Shade, Marina, and Goth. In Sunwing, Shade, Marina, Chinook, Freida(the colony elder), Shade's Mother, and others from his colony go on a journey to find Cassiel -Shade's long lost father and the secrets of the metal bands. They have many hardships and Shade ends up in Goth's forest, full of 1-foot-long insects and bats with 3-foot wingspans. Goth tries to wipe out the sun and Shade, with the owls' help, succeeds in preventing this. Because Shade saved his son, the owl king Boreal lets them have the sun again. I have read lots of books and this book by Kenneth Oppel is one of my favorite ones. I can't wait for Firewing, about Shade's son Griffin trapped in the Underworld.
Date published: 2002-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Book Sunwing is an excellent sequal to Silverwing. I bought almost the day after it came out and I HAVE NOT BEEN DISSAPPOINTED. As i've talked to other authors I know the title for the third book. Can't wait till that comes out!
Date published: 2001-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sunwing Well, all I can say is, Silverwing was fantastic and Sunwing was even better! They were both exciting and for anyone who didn't like it, phooey to you! This one continues Shade's story. This time, he is on a search for his father, Cassiel, with a few other Silverwings and Marina, his Brightwing friend. They find a human building which holds many other bats, who all say this is Paradise. But is it? Shade isn't so sure. Is his father here? Where are the bats that mysteriously disappear at night being taken? What is happening to them? And is Goth, the cannibal bat from the south, still alive? Find out the answers and more in Kenneth Oppel's sequel to Silverwing. Write another, Kenneth!
Date published: 2001-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sunwing packs a wallop! Gary Singh: Sunwing was one of the most greatest peices of literature I have ever read. Kenneth Oppel's masterpeice kept me reading morning, noon, and night! I even had to fake being sick to read!!! Indeep Dhillon: As my friend Gary said, Sunwing was a compelling peice of art which consumed almost all my time. It even cut back on my eating and sleeping, and I also had to fake being sick!! WARNING: NOT FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT MUCH TIME!!!!!
Date published: 2000-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUNWING!!!! THE BEST BOOK! I found Sunwing a very good book to read. It had alot of excitement even in the first chapter! I like it how they find Paradise, not to Shade though, and Shade goes through the tunnel and ends up where there is a bunch of owls! Overall, this book has alot of excitement and is a worth reading book.
Date published: 2000-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sunwing is great! Sunwing is definately my favorite book.Shade,Marina & now Chinook,are on a journey to find Shades father,and to stop Goth. This book has adventure and action!
Date published: 2000-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sunwing The book Sunwing has tooken me on an incredible adventure. I felt like I was flying through the air with Shade(the main charcter)Silverwing and Marina Brightwing( helped Shade in the first adventure ' Silverwing'). The reason I enjoyed this book was because not many people wright about bats in such a exciting way........ The Owls have raged war against the bats and 'Goth' the trecherous cannibal jungle bat is still alive. And now he is the king of Vampyrum. Trying to get his revenge on Shade he plots and plans. Shade on the other hand is looking for his father 'Cassiel' with almost his whole colony not knowing that Goth was alive. Then they find shelter in a warm place that never gets cold and always has fresh food. They also find other bats from diffrent colonies. A old bat tells them they have come to 'Paradise' but Shade isn't so sure after the disappearing of some bats. What has happened to them and where did they take them? If you want to find out more you must read'Sunwing'.
Date published: 2000-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Three cheers for Kenneth! This book is defenatly one of my all time favorites. As a long time fan of Silverwing, I had been hoping for a sequal for a while, and it was worth the wait! I especialy like the way Kenneth maniges to combine the spirit world with reality, and still leave the story seeming as if it could be happening as you red it. I red it non stop as soon as I got it, DEFINATLY worth the money!
Date published: 2000-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sequel Normally sequals aren't as good as their precessor. Sunwing is an exception. THe story of Shade and the search for the meaning of the bands is really a remarkable one. Everyone would like this book and Sunwing because once you start them, you can't put them down. Keep up the good work Kenneth !
Date published: 2000-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you have read silverwing this is a must have From the moment the book begins you can't put it down! Excelent detail and perfectly described environments. Shade and Marina have tons more adventures in SUNWING!!!
Date published: 2000-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sunwing Sunwing is a well thought out book. It has many exciting eventes that leaves you longing for more. It's the type of book that once you pick up you can't put it down. As a reader, I have read many books and probaly read all the books in my school. Sunwing is one of the best books. I highly suggest that you read it. For those who have started reading it, hang on tight, your in for a time of your life!
Date published: 2000-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!! I love the first and second novels. I hope there is a third one. I really want another book with Shade, Marina, Chinook. There could even be a book about Shade's and Marina's kids.
Date published: 2000-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Book Sunwing is an intense, adventurous, great book. It hooks you on and has you sitting on the edge of your chair the whole time.
Date published: 2000-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1st is amazing and second is better! This book was everything I hoped for in Kenneth Oppel's sequel. A great adventure with the best ending... I loved it. A little slow at some parts however at the last 100 pages I just couldn't put the book down. Wow!!!!!
Date published: 2000-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sunwing It was the best book ever!!
Date published: 2000-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My students liked it. I wrote a previous review stating I didn't like Sunwing very much. Several of my grade seven students have read it and enjoyed it much more than I did. So, it's thumbs up to Sunwing.
Date published: 2000-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sunwing A great continue of Silverwing for readers 7 and up with an exiting plot
Date published: 1999-11-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sunwing I read Silverwing last winter and have eagerly been awaiting its sequel. I loved Silverwing as did all of the kids in my grade seven class who read it. I hated Sunwing. The plot was violent and preachy and had a pat happy ending. Many unanswered questions from Silverwing were never addressed. Some of the characters were interesting. I have lent the book to one of my students from last year who read Silverwing. I am wondering if her reaction will be similar to mine. It was a major disappointment after Silverwing.
Date published: 1999-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sunwing A wonderful book that children from ages 7-13 will love. A wonderful sequel to the book silverwing. As Shade carries on his search for his family he meets many obstacles and friends on the way.
Date published: 1999-09-06

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Sunwing

Sunwing

by Oppel, Kenneth

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8.56 × 5.92 × 0.95 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 throug
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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.

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Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12