Oppel, Kenneth

Kenneth Oppel has written several series of books . . .

Darkwing (AR 5.0)
Silverwing (AR 4.7)
Sunwing (AR 5.3)
Firewing (AR 5.0)

Airborn (AR 5.1)
Skybreaker (AR 5.0)
Starclimber (AR 4.9)


A Crazy Case of Robots (AR 4.3)
The Live-Forever Machine (AR 4.8)
Dead Water Zone (AR 4.4)

Kenneth Oppel was born on August 31, 1967
in Port Alberni, B.C.

Visit his website to find out more about his life and his books and to download novel study guides: <http://www.kennethoppel.ca>

Your Responses and Reviews!

Sunwing by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins,1999) is an adventurous novel about a restless bat named Shade who lives in a spectacular snow-frosted forest. Angry that the owls have taken away the sun, he faces a dilemna: should he try and free the bats, owls, and rats that Goth and his cannibal army have captured, or should he flee north with his family and the rest of the northern bats? Because the cannibal bats have his father and his friend, Chinook, he has to go back and rescue them. But what if he had run away? (Liam in grade eight)

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel (Firewing Productions Inc., 2004) is the story of a fearless boy named Matt Cruse who lives in the airship the Aurora. Fearful of losing the Aurora, his home, he faces a battle of wills: Should he join the pirates and their silver-tonged leader, Szpirglas? Or should he help the Aurora with her crew and passengers escape? Because the Aurora is his home and the crew his family, he can’t just leave them to the mercy of pirates, so he helps the Aurora lift off and flee to the pirate’s island. But at what cost?  And what would have happened if he hadn’t escaped? Torture, pain or death for the Aurora and her crew? Maybe maroonment? (Liam in grade eight)

In Airborn, by Kenneth Oppel, Matt Cruse is the cabin boy of the Aurora, the 900-foot luxury airship he has called home for the past two years. High up in the sky, he finds a crippled hot air balloon, fearlessly rescues the dying man on board, and is told about fantastic, impossible creatures flying through the clouds. Matt dismisses the stories as the ravings of a dying man. But when Kate de Vries arrives on the Aurora a year later, determined to prove those stories true, deadly pirates come aboard.
I thought this was a very good book because there was so much description about how the characters felt, what they saw and what was happening. Although this book got a bit boring in places, I kept reading because there still was quite a bit of suspense. Out of five stars, I would rate this novel at three and a half, or maybe four. (by Melissa in grade eight)

If you like bats or adventures , read Darkwing by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins, 2007). The story takes place a long time ago when raptors and dinosaurs roamed the earth. And it revolves around a special relationship, the one between predators and prey. The main character is a flying squirrel called Dusk whose colony is attacked by vicious wolves and prairie dogs that have turned into carnivores. They all want to kill him. They want to eat him. They want to savage his whole colony. But Dusk has a secret: he can fly. So he flies ahead of his gliding family to find a way off the island on which they live.  This story is filled with vivid images for the imagination: dark shadows and bloody nights, growling predators and fleeing prey. And these images fill readers with fear and hope. Fear that they won’t survive and hope that Dusk will be able to get his colony to the safe zone away from the marauding beasts. You can get 14 points by reading this AR 5.7 level novel. But you can also get an important message: everyone has a secret about themselves, their own purpose in life. Read this exciting novel and the rest of the stories in the Silverwing Trilogy by Kenneth Oppel. (Nic in grade 7)

If you like bats or adventures , read Darkwing by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins, 2007). The story takes place a long time ago when raptors and dinosaurs roamed the earth. And it revolves around a special relationship, the one between predators and prey. The main character is a flying squirrel called Dusk whose colony is attacked by vicious wolves and prairie dogs that have turned into carnivores. They all want to kill him. They want to eat him. They want to savage his whole colony. But Dusk has a secret: he can fly. So he flies ahead of his gliding family to find a way off the island on which they live.

This story is filled with vivid images for the imagination: dark shadows and bloody nights, growling predators and fleeing prey. And these images fill readers with fear and hope. Fear that they won’t survive and hope that Dusk will be able to get his colony to the safe zone away from the marauding beasts. You can get 14 points by reading this AR 5.7 level novel. But you can also get an important message: everyone has a secret about themselves, their own purpose in life. Read this exciting novel and the rest of the stories in the Silverwing Trilogy by Kenneth Oppel. (grade 7)If you like bats or adventures , read Darkwing by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins, 2007). The story takes place a long time ago when raptors and dinosaurs roamed the earth. And it revolves around a special relationship, the one between predators and prey. The main character is a flying squirrel called Dusk whose colony is attacked by vicious wolves and prairie dogs that have turned into carnivores. They all want to kill him. They want to eat him. They want to savage his whole colony. But Dusk has a secret: he can fly. So he flies ahead of his gliding family to find a way off the island on which they live.

This story is filled with vivid images for the imagination: dark shadows and bloody nights, growling predators and fleeing prey. And these images fill readers with fear and hope. Fear that they won’t survive and hope that Dusk will be able to get his colony to the safe zone away from the marauding beasts. You can get 14 points by reading this AR 5.7 level novel. But you can also get an important message: everyone has a secret about themselves, their own purpose in life. Read this exciting novel and the rest of the stories in the Silverwing Trilogy by Kenneth Oppel. (grade 7)

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