• by Kenneth Oppel
  • Narrated by John McDonough
  • 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

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


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Amazing rendition of a bat's world

I enjoyed learning about bats and the varieties I am with which I am unfamiliar.

However, I did find the beginnings low and almost put it down. I am glad I stuck with it.

I was in Shade's mind the entire book.
Bravo for not using color. I did not notice (which is the point) and a difficult task!
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- Mara B.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books