As well writing the "Silverwing" saga, Kenneth Oppel is also the author of an adult novel, "The Devil's Cure".
Kenneth Oppel is one of Canada's best children's writers. Aged only thirty he is already a successful children's author and Hollywood screenwriter. His first book was published while he was still at school - he sent it to his favourite author, Roald Dahl, at fifteen. Dahl recommended the book to his agent and it was later published. Kenneth has worked as an editor, a script reader for the BBC and as a review editor. He is now a full time writer. His first adult novel, a medical thriller, is published later this year. 'Silverwing' was the winner of the Mr Christie's Book Award, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award, and the Blue Heron Award.
PW compared this "gripping" epic starring a bat to Watership Down for the author's use of animal characters in his investigation of tolerance, intellectual freedom and other social concerns. Ages 8-12. (May) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
SILVERWING is top-notch fantasy adventure writing. Go for it. *
Daily Telegraph *
cracking stories, brimming with adventure, redolent of great mythical sagas of the past, alive with invention, thoughtful - at times profound and probing - and never faltering when it comes to thrills and page-turning power. * Carousel *
Fast faced, cliff-hanging action . . . Recommend this one. * School Library Journal *
Totally compelling . . . an excellent adventure story. * The Scotsman *
Oppel's achievement is to have created much more than an action adventure involving bats. This first powerful novel successfully creates a new fantasy world. * Literary Review *
A JONATHAN LIVINGSTONE SEAGULL of the bat community . . . this epic journey is gripping, and details of bat life are inventively and convincingly imagined. * Publisher's Weekly *
FIREWING: 'The third book in a riveting saga about bats ... capable of enthralling both 9-11s, as well as an older audience.' * Achuka website *
A fascinating, gripping adventure story * Teen Titles *
Gr 3-6-Kenneth Oppel's story (S&S, 1997) of a young bat searching both for his colony and for truth is a surefire listening experience for children wanting an exciting adventure story. Shade becomes separated from his migrating silverwing bat colony and meets Marina, a bright wingbat exiled from her kind because of the metal band humans have put on her wrist. Shade's colony believe the bands are special and mean that the banded bat is in some way chosen, while Marina's colony thinks that the bands are evil. As the pair search for Shade's colony, they are captured by pigeons, aided by rats, and pursued by Goth and Throb, two giant cannibal bats. In an exciting climax, Shade and Marina escape the cannibals and reach Shade's colony while Goth, barely alive, vows revenge. Veteran narrator John McDonough is a good choice for this story. His voices are convincing, and his expression and pacing are excellent. While the story is frightening in parts, McDonough's cozy voice softens the impact to make it less scary for younger listeners. A drawback is the uneven recording length on different sides of some of the tapes. For example, the audio on the first cassette ends about two-thirds through the tape. This is very inconvenient for anyone listening on a battery operated player.-Louise L. Sherman, formerly Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.