by Kenneth Oppel

Genre: fantasy, fiction, young adult

Ages: 10+

back of the book: “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.”

The back of the book says ages 8-12, but I think I would judge it to be a teen book.

Available from HPL.

My view: Overall an interesting read, but there are potentially frightening scenes. I think it is a good read, especially on the landscape of fantasy books. It can be hard to find wholesome books for teenagers, but I think this would make the grade. There are two more books in the series, although I have not read them, and cannot speak for them.

Reviewed by: Esther


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