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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  13,028 ratings  ·  572 reviews
Shade is a young Silverwing bat, the runt of his colony. But he's determined to prove himself on the long, dangerous winter migration to Hibernaculum, millions of wingbeats to the south. During a fierce storm, he loses the others and soon faces the most incredible journey of his young life. Desperately searching for a way to rejoin his flock, Shade meets a remarkable cast ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Harper Collins Mass Market Paperback Edition, 272 pages
Published 1998 by Harper Collins (first published October 1st 1997)
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Renee Godding
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not going to lie: I read these books as a kid at the library and absolutely adored them. In fact: I’ve remembered the story fondly for years but completely forgot the title and author, so I was never able to retrace this book. Until I randomly stumbled upon it at the second hand bookstore. And all the memories came flooding back in...

Reread planned soon
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I began reading this novel because my grandson in the fourth grade was reading it. He was enthusiastic about this book and I wanted to show interest in his school work. The areas of study are endless! (character studies, friendship, compare the various bat characters with people you might know...leads conversation into bullying, deceitful people, friends vs enemies, creative writing and nature studies etc.) This is a beautifully written novel which gives descriptions and facts in an interesting
Oct 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who writes a book about bats? Kenneth Oppel does! And he does it extremely well. The characters are all very realistic and I felt like I was watching real bats with the descriptions and actions. One of my favorite things that still blows my mind about this book is that the author admits to using only 'black', 'white', and 'silver' as colors in the book. I didn't even notice, but now that I know it's very amazing to me. Kudos to Kenneth Oppel and his great writing. ...more
Silverwing is just amazing! I read it in just a day, and that's no small feat for me! It was just so capturing! It was quite fast-paced I found, but I liked that for a change!

It was just un-put-down-able!

The story-line is very original, which I loved, and is about bats! This is my very first bat fiction story that I've read, and it had made me have a taste for bat stories!

This is a flawless and exciting story {{I found myself cheering and wishing Goth and Throbb would just hurry up and die!}} a
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

I saw this book recommended in a group recently, and it sounded like it could be fun. The fact that it fits an October month challenge, along with the fact that my local library actually had it in the shelves, pushed it up the line a bit.

It was a cute adventure story about a runt silverwing bat who is smart and curious and questions things, when most of his colony goes along with the status quo out of (justified) fear. His biggest adventure happens when, during a storm, he gets separated fro
Feb 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
Being a fan of bats, I was very pleased to find this new trilogy, with bats as the main characters! The hero's quest to find his colony, as well as unraveling layers of legend and mystery surrounding an ancient prophecy, was fun. I especially liked the aerial action scenes and the description of echolocation. ...more
A message from my 10 year old self: This is an excellant book! It is all about the journey of a young bat, and what he encounters. I learned quite alot, not like it's true or anything (but it might!) and I didn't get bored. I read it in approximately a day. Bullies, friends, myths and lots more fun stuff is jammed into this great novel! Congrats Oppel! ...more
Deborah Pickstone
Charming animal fantasy for children, readable for adults.
Stanley X_C2
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like this book because it's full of adventures. I was really impressed by the author, as that he basically wrote a nonfiction book about bats into a fictional story. Besides from that, he descriptions are very specific. If you have read the book, you'll notice that he didn't use any colors to describe except for black and white. I recommend this book to people who enjoy adventure stories. ...more
Kaitlyn Mae
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book EVER. Kenneth Oppel is an amazing author, and this fantasy is nothing short of AMAZING. Although, the characters and emotions are so realistic, I can hardly believe it is a fantasy. Bats are my favorite animals, so you could see why I loved the characters. But the characters' personalities and emotions will catch anyone's interest, even a person who doesn't like bats. A mixture of adventure, friendship, and thrill, this novel left me hungry for more, so I went on to read ...more
May 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
I read this book a long time ago and a few of the concepts in it stuck with me... I liked the idea of the echo-chamber that houses all the knowledge of the bats, just like we have books (or now the internet).

It's a one-star because the characters are bland, the theme is boring, and the 'message' is too weak even for a children's book.
Anna Sobczak
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it, it was a inspiring story of a small bat who's bravery is anything but small and determination of a fierce character. The story is wonderfully written and beautiful. ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
for some reason i remember this being one of the first novels i read in grade 2-3? wow, memories. i also read it out of order. the more you know. firewing, silverwing, sunwing. yay.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Rick Dobrowolski
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book was excellent! Animal fantasy using bats as the main characters - you have to be creative to pull something like that off. I forget where I saw a recommendation for this series, but, initially, I thought, no way. Then I saw it at a used bookstore for cheap and bought the first two books. Partway into the first, I realized that this series is special. There's some odd relationships going on in the book, but I'm assuming that Oppel is laying out the immaturity of the main characters ...more
Jack Michael
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a really good but around the middle of it, I thought that it was quite boring. My favorite part was defiantly the end. My favorite character is Marina because she plays a big part in the whole story.
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I'm meant to be too old for this kind of book, but sometimes it's good to read something you can finish in a day that's absolutely absurd and childish and so good. I love adventure books, and I find the idea of bat fantasy really cool, so this was great! ...more
Abigail G
Jan 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
I did not enjoy the book even though it was a nice storyline as it had way too many weird religious ideas imprinted into the characters, especially for a children's book. ...more
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty good book
Isaac Stechmann
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel is a really good book in my opinion. It is the first in a four book series. Shade is a newborn, he his smaller then the rest. Him and another named Bathsheba gets separated from their pack on there way to Hibernaculum, but goth, a vampire bat,is trying to hunt him down.

I think that anyone could get into this book because of his daring and exciting adventures. There are moments where they are in trouble. It is a good book that i recommend.
Becky B
I'm wavering between 2 stars and 3 stars for this book. I think if I had read this as a child, I would have rated it higher.

A perpetually-curious outcast who has to overcome the odds, try to figure out some mysteries, avoid bad guys, make new friends, and manage to make his first winter migration without the rest of his colony. Oppel creates a unique world with the bats' perspective and varying mythologies/beliefs about how to solve the problems of their world. My one problem with the book was
Oscar Hardwick
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well this book was a pleasant surprise. Many years ago I read the prequel to this series by Kenneth Oppel and thoroughly enjoyed it.

That said it was many years ago and this book was certainly intended for a younger audience and it showed in the brevity of the book itself and in the simplicity of the storyline. Aside from that I don't have any real complaints about this book.

The story whilst simple is well constructed and is always moving and keeping you interested as a reader young or old. It re
Nov 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was initially hard for me warm to the idea of a book with bat protagonists (not that I don't like bats--I'm just not a big "novels about animals" girl) but I loved Oppel's "Airborn" series and was eager for more of his work. I'm very glad I gave "Silverwing" a try. It is an exciting and thoughtful adventure with a courageous and sensitive hero I ended up being very fond of--bat wings and all! While I don't think the overall story is quite as enjoyable nor the secondary characters as well-deve ...more
An Odd1
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
"Silverwing" is a colony of small dark bats, migrating south, ahead of runt Shade. Swept out to sea by a storm, he meets older Marina, banished by Brightwings who thought her band was a poison curse. She asks to join Shade's colony, led by a banded elder. They believe bands are a sign of divine promise that bats will regain the day, against present owl law. Every stranger has beliefs that challenge and rock Shade's, reminding us to question everyone.

I don't like children who misbehave and enda
Nov 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Reading this juvenile literature was an enjoyable experience - it was being read in a few of the elementary classrooms I visited this month. I can see how children easily identify with the runt of the Silverwing bat family, Shade. His adventurous journey with the banded bat Marina had enough thrills for the imaginative, some scientific facts thrown in for the curious, and ancient sounding names (Brutus, Freida, Remus and Romulus) for the kids who go on to read the classics. It also adds some evo ...more
Lee Födi
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book will teach you a lot of things about bats, not the least of which is the distinction between the taste of mosquitoes and moths. Who knew? But that's what makes this book so delightful. Author Kenneth Oppel creates such a richly detailed animal kingdom, that before you know it, you are caught up on the updraft of adventure, following young Shade through the intricate worlds of bats, owls, pigeons, and all the rest. My favorite part is the echo chamber, where all the stories of the bats ...more
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really wasn't sure if I was actually going to be into reading a book about bats but honestly it surprised me. I've wanted to read this series for awhile but only finally picked it up. Quite a bit darker then I thought it would be but still pretty good.

Goth and his companion are actually pretty scary. I love that they have their own gods, their own superstitions and their own history of wars with other creatures.

I can't find the right words to express how impressed I am that you never forget t
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yvensong by: Neil
At first, it seemed to be a little slow, but once the story takes off, it becomes a real page turner. I liked how the author describes the world without using color. It's done so well, that I didn't miss color in the descriptions of what Shade, the protagonist bat, sees. Also, the author kept me engaged with the characters by describing the sights and sounds through the characters sense of sight, smell, hearing and more importantly, through echolocation.

Fun read and will probably read the next i
Nov 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
A really fine and fun book. I'm an adult but when I saw this at a bookstore and that it was about bats I just had to pick it up. I loved it so much I immediately went out and got the sequel, which is also very good. I know there is another sequel to, which I've got on my list to buy.

As a kid I always loved stories that gave life and character to animals, and this is a fitting successor to the great works of Jim Kjelgaard and other such writers who did it for me.
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