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.
Silverwing combines action, fantasy and factual information on bats into an unforgettable tale. John McDonough’s soaring narration brings Shade and and his colony to life.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A hero's journey for preteens, Silverwing is enthralling enough to hold the attention of older kids and adults too. Shade—a small and picked-upon silverwing bat—gets separated from his colony during his first migration; he teams up with the sassy brightwing Marina to find his way home while dodging owls, humans, and two carnivorous vampire bats. John McDonough's narration delivers all the story's drama and thrills, using subtly different voices for different characters without ever lapsing into cartoonish overkill. Silverwing is the beginning of a four-book series that will make the whole family obsessed with the world of bats.
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I GO TO SCHOOL WITH HIS SON
I've been to his house, because his sons my age. (no jokes)