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    Shade Silverwing is the runt of the colony, and he lives a life of darkness, as bats were not allowed to see the sun due to an ancient battle. Shade takes a dare from another young Silverwing bat, and takes a peek at the sun. Unfortunately, he is spotted by a deadly owl, and barely escapes with his life.
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    Enraged, the owl colonies burn his haven with hidden fire. Forced to migrate early for hibernation, Shade's colony flies a million wingbeats. During the migration, a massive storm sweeps Shade away from his colony and safety. Landing on an island, he meets Marina, a young female bat exiled from her colony because of a mysterious silver band on her wing. Set on finding his colony, Shade sets off with his new friend, dodging hostile owls and pigeons, and flying away from the deadly vampirum spectrum bats, Goth and Throbb.
The review of this Book prepared by Mai Tsuji

When Shade, a young Silverwing bat, angers the owls living in his forest by attempting to see the sun -- an object owls have coveted for many generations -- he accidentally triggers a war between bats and owls that results in the destruction of his colony's roost. As the surviving Silverwings flee to their winter roost, a violent storm separates Shade from his family and blows him to a deserted island. There, he meets Marina, a beautiful Brightwing bat, who helps Shade search for his lost family.

Thanks to a mental sonic map Shade's mother left him, Shade and Marina soon learn the way to the Silverwings' new roost. But when Shade and Marina encounter a pair of malevolent vampire bats who want Shade to lead them to his colony so they can devour the Silverwings, Shade must summon the courage and strength to save his people from total annihilation.   

The review of this Book prepared by Michael Jung

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   vampires Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14) Animal Story    -   Yes Kind of animal    -   bird

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   a kid    -   a teen If magical mental powers:    -   can talk to animals    -   mind control    -   can see into the future    -   can fly    -   can cast many different spells    -   is very quick


Terrain    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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