Monday, March 12, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Silverwing--and a Giveaway!

Still too slammed trying to crank through 1st pass pages on KEEPER and the rough draft of book 2 to get any reading done. But the always amazing Deb Marshall (THANK YOU DEB!!!) has once again volunteered to cover my MMGM this week, with a feature on one of her favorites: SILVERWING, by Kenneth Oppel.

(Hee--I'm guessing my Batman loving editor would so love this cover!)

Here's how the publisher describes it:

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 an unusual 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.

When a newborn bat named Shade but sometimes called "Runt" becomes separated from his colony during migration, he grows in ways that prepare him for even greater journeys.

And just like in previous times, here's Deb explain for herself why all of us need to read this one. Take it away Deb!
I loved this book because I loved Shade, the main character.

He’s a small bat (okay, the runt) with a whole lot of questions and he’s not afraid to ask them (although sometimes it’s dangerous). He’s not afraid to fly out and get the answers if no one will tell him (even if it is really dangerous). Shade is determined to find out more about himself, the world he lives in and the rules that bind it. That leaves him in some mighty dangerous situations, but when he finds himself lost and trying to survive while separated from his entire colony his determination to prove himself is just what he needs to survive.

I know many a middle grade reader, teen and adult who has also fallen in love with Shade because he’s a tiny hero filled with a whole lotta brave. And the best part? This is book one in a series of four.

Kenneth Oppel is one of my favorite Canadian authors and Silverwing is no small part of that.

You can find out more about Silverwing and the entire series on Kenneth Oppel’s website. While there I’d recommend checking out his other books, too!

Ooo, this one sounds REALLY cool. I will definitely have to pick up a copy for when I have time to read again.

And I want one of you to have the chance to discover it too. So I'm giving away a copy of WINTERLING to one lucky winner. To enter, make sure you leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PST on Saturday, March 17th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, March18th. International entries welcome.

And for more amazing middle grade recommendations, check out there other awesome MMGMs floating around the blogosphere:
- The Mundie Moms are now part of the MMGM fun (eee!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, better get over THERE and check out all the awesome!  
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week! 
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy--two actual middle grade bloggers (so awesome, right???) discuss their love for the HARRY POTTER series. Click HERE for Meyrick's review.     
 Karen Yingling is cheering for MUDSHARK and MUD RUN. Click HERE to learn more about them.
- Gina Carey is spotlighting LIESL AND PO. Click HERE to see why she loves it.
- Barbara Watson is championing one of my favorites, SELLING HOPE. Click HERE to learn more about it.  
- Andrea Mack is showcasing GHOSTS OF THE TITANIC. Click HERE to see why   
- Michelle Isenhoff is howling for HOWLIDAY INN. Click HERE to see why she thinks you should be too. 
- Gabrielle Prendergast is celebrating LUCY UNSTRUNG. Click HERE to see why. 
- Charlotte Taylor joins the MMGM fun with a round-up of awesome middle grade related links she's found. Click HERE to check them all out. 
- Deb Marshall is sharing her love of  THE RANGER'S APPRENTICE: THE RUINS OF GORLAN. Click HERE to read why she thinks this series is a must read.
- Kim Aippersbach is back with another MMGM. This time on THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS. Click HERE to see what she thinks.  
- Michael Gettel Gilmarten is interviewing author Roseanne Parry--with giveaways of her book SECOND FIDDLE.  Click HERE to enter 
- C.S. Einfeld also joins the MMGM fun with a feature on WONDER. Click HERE to see why she was wowed by it.    
If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so I see it)

I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. I'll TRY, but it might not happen. I know that  makes it less convenient for everyone, but the constant updating of the post is a big time suck and I just can't keep up with it right now. SORRY!

**Note: Thanks to a boatload of spam--and my missing a bunch of important emails because of it--I'm now using a new email address. So make sure you update your records because I'm slowly phasing the other address out. New email is: SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. Hopefully now I won't miss some of your MMGMs, like I have been.**

Happy Monday!


  1. Oh, this seems like an interesting book :D I would love to win a copy of it :) Thank you for the chance. <3
    Love, Carina

  2. Love the cover. This sounds good but I don't love animal stories. So I'll let someone else win.

  3. It sounds like you're very busy. The book sounds interesting for MGs.

  4. I think Shade is an awesome name for a bat!

  5. I love Silverwing! The series is great and many of my students agree! :)

  6. I'm sure there are plenty of MG novels starring bats, but this is the first I've heard of since Hilary's.

  7. GREAT pick for MMGM, Deb! I think this is a fantastic series. :)

  8. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  9. Sounds really exciting, Deb (and Shannon). I've never read Kenneth Oppel. Clearly, I need to get on that.

    And how interesting that C.S. Einfeld and I are both featuring WONDER today. I knew that would happen sooner or later! Shannon, you must have missed my March 7th email about today's post. No biggie, because I know you're overwhelmed with everything you're doing!

  10. Another great give-away! This one sounds terrific. Thanks for doing this.

  11. Yet another great giveaway

  12. Silverwing is one of my favorites. Kenneth Oppel is a National Treasure.

  13. I adore Silverwing. My grade 4 teacher read it to my class, and I've read it a few times since. The sequels are good, too.

  14. The cover is wonderful. I love to read SILVERWING with my daughter.


  15. Great giveaway! And I find it kind of funny that you're giving away "Silverwing" and my blogger username is Silverpool! :D
    Thanks again!

  16. Great job, Deb!! Thanks for introducing me to Silverwing.

  17. Thanks for all the references to other great MMGM's. I've already checked out several of them and so far so good! Silverwing sounds wonderful! Thanks for bringing it to our attention(s).

  18. woooooow, Shannon, love this title! thanks so much!

  19. I love Shade and I love this series. I agree with Gabrielle: Kenneth Oppel rocks! (And he's Canadian! Yay!) For anyone who liked the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld, definitely check out Oppel's Airborn trilogy.

    1. But you don't have to enter me in the contest, since I already have all the books. :)


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