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Silverwing

Written by: Kenneth Oppel
Narrated by: John McDonough
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Publisher's Summary

Shade, a young silverwing bat, is the runt of his colony. Determined to show how brave he is, Shade breaks one of the ancient rules that governs the bats. As punishment, owls burn the bats' roost, forcing them to migrate earlier than normal. While on the trip south to the Hibernaculum, Shade becomes separated from his flock during a rain storm. His destination is millions of wing beats away. Now he must find a way to make the journey on his own. Along the way, he'll meet up with bats of different species--some friendly, some not. Shade will have to learn quickly which ones to trust if he's ever going to see his family again.

A Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, Silverwing combines action, fantasy and factual information on bats into an unforgettable tale. John McDonough's soaring narration brings Shade and his colony to life.

©1997 Kenneth Oppel (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC

What the critics say

"An absorbing adventure story ... gripping" ( Publishers Weekly)

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enjoyable

very enjoyable can wait for next story , kinda left you hanging. Great for the whole family

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story is amazing

The only thing that sucks is that the chapters are really two in the book compared to the audio.

But read this book, you'll love it.

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the book is amazing and I love the story, unfortunately the recording pauses and then starts up again after a very a long pause. I found this very distracting and disappointing but the book itself 5 stars

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For fans of Watership Down

I very much enjoyed the story, which was engrossing from beginning to end. Great plot.

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Fantastic Read

Still as good now as it was when it was read to me when I was young. I'm glad I got to hear it again.

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  • baal perazhim
  • 2023-02-28

Bed time story book

I love the books, and the anime wasn't too bad either. Look forward to finishing the audio series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-01-21

10/10

my boyfriend told me about this book, he read it as a kid and loved it so we've been lessening to it together and I love it so much, 10/10 would recommended this to anyone!!

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  • James
  • 2021-06-07

Wonderful story and narration

Charming story with many lessons about life and its challenges. Excellent narration. Thoroughly enjoyable for children and adults.

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  • Patrick
  • 2019-09-10

great

it was excellently performed. though I'm not sure the voice, which sounds pretty old, is a good fit for a character only a few months old.

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  • K. E. Porter
  • 2019-05-21

Good book. Bad formatting

I love this book. My children love it also. My only problem with this is that it is missing several chapter markers. This makes it very difficult to find your place when re-listening to chapters.

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  • Julia Glunt
  • 2019-02-26

Beautiful!

I love bats so much, I'm glad others do as well. They're such marvelous creatures.

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  • A.S. Glenn
  • 2019-02-05

Great story with a well thought out world.

I'm always looking for fantasy stories featuring unique protagonists. So far Silverwing is one of the only stories I've ever seen with bats as the main characters. Grounded in a real-world setting, the story does a great job of creating its own rules and mythos around these characters.

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  • Jillie
  • 2018-04-20

Nice details on bats

This is a sweet story about a little bat named Shade and his adventures in trying to make his way back to his colony after being separated during migration, and his quest for learning the truth of the world. The story includes many interesting factoids about bats.
John McDonough's narration is absolutely first rate.

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  • Joel Hornbeck
  • 2017-11-19

Fabulous!!!

It was very intense! Fun to read and listen too!
My son really enjoyed this book!

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  • Shad
  • 2017-01-25

good fun story for ages five to twelve or so.

My eight year old especially enjoyed it as he has a fascination with bats. Good mix of reality with magic and religion and morality.

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