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:
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.**