Saturday, July 27, 2013


By Kenneth Oppel

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 of characters: Marina, a Brightwing bat with a strange metal band on her leg; Zephyr, a mystical albino bat with a strange gift; and Goth, a gigantic carnivorous vampire bat. But which ones are friends and which ones are enemies? In this epic story of adventure and suspense, Shade is going to need all the help he can find—if he hopes to ever see his family again.

This is a novel along the lines of many kid’s books about human-like animals. It reminded me a bit of Katherine Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’Hoole. It didn’t feel quite as adventure-like or structured as her series, but it is fun and follows the same kind of story. A young runt bat, who is different from his kin sets out to change the way life is for bats all around the world. He gets lost and makes friends along the way, and finds betrayal and sees things he never dreamed of and discovers the horrors as well as the beauties of life. It is a fun adventure for kids who enjoy animal stories and want to learn more about bats. It was enjoyable to read if a bit slow at times.

I give it a 3 out of 5- it was average for its genre.

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